The #MeToo Oscars Celebrate Kobe Bryant’s Short Film, Ignore Past Allegations

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The #MeToo Oscars Celebrate Kobe Bryant’s Short Film, Ignore Past Allegations

The 90th Academy Awards weren’t going to follow the same old script. Due to the rash of high-profile revelations of misconduct across the film industry, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had to confront these ills, and they seized the opportunity to acknowledge the women who have come forward to tell personal stories of sexual harassment and abuse.

It’s achingly appropriate, then, that on a night dedicated to that simple tenet— listen to women— one of the biggest winners was someone whose sexual assault case still serves as an object lesson as to why women are so hesitant to come forward and report misconduct and abuse.

This year’s Oscar for Best Animated Short went to Kobe Bryant’s “ Dear Basketball .” Bryant narrates the film, and the words come from a poem he wrote in 2015 for The Players Tribune announcing his retirement from the NBA. Disney veteran Glen Keane provided the art for the short, and his sketches of a 6-year-old Bryant shooting socks into a hamper morph and merge with dynamic scenes of the elder Kobe dominating the pros. The score is from five-time Oscar winner John Williams (it’s unmistakable), and, given the talent involved, it’s no […]

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