Oscars To Honor Kobe Bryant

Oscars To Honor Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant strikes a pose with his Oscar award in 2018

With the world still reeling from the death of legendary basketball icon Kobe Bryant, The Academy (popularly known as the ) will honor the late star at the ceremony next month.

Kobe Bryant died alongside his daughter Gianni, and others in the fatal crash on Sunday and the sporting world hasn’t recovered from the loss.

His family is reportedly battling to cope with the void left behind by the exit of the father and his thirteen-year-old daughter as theirs was a close-knit family.

In the ceremony which will take place on February 9, 2020, the will pay tribute to the deceased star while Elton John and actress Cynthia Erivo will perform their Oscar-nominated songs.

Oscars To Honor Kobe Bryant

Kobe won an Oscar in 2018 for Best Animated Short Film for the film Dear Basketball, an adaptation from a poem he published in 2015 about his retirement from the popular sport.

Oscars To Honor Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant with tennis star Serena Williams

The Oscar event normally includes an ‘In Memoriam’ section that lists notable figures in entertainment who have died in the previous year. The Academy may put Kobe’s tribute as part of the section or as a standalone segment.

The 2020 Grammys saw a lot of celebrities pay tributes to Kobe and a game between Bryant’s LA Lakers and the LA Clippers which was scheduled to take place on Tuesday has been postponed.

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