Inclusion and Diversity at the 90th Academy Awards

Kobe Bryant, winner of the award for best animated short for "Dear Basketball", poses in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Kobe Bryant, winner of the award for best animated short for “Dear Basketball”, poses in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Jordan Peele became the first African-American winner of “Best Adapted Screenplay” at the 90th Academy Awards.

Retired basketball superstar Kobe Bryant and animator Glen Keane have won the Academy Award for best animated short feature for Dear Basketball. The six-minute film won over Garden Party, Lou, Negative Space, and Revolting Rhymes. On stage, Keane addressed the crowd saying, “Dear Basketball is a message for all of us, whatever form your dream may take, it’s through passion and perseverance that the impossible is possible.” He then passed the mic to Bryant who made a jab at Fox News host Laura Ingraham stating, “I don’t know if it’s possible, I mean, as basketball players, we’re really supposed to shut up and dribble. I’m glad we do a little bit more than that.” A reference to the time Ingraham said Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James should just “shut up and dribble.”