Kobe Bryant visited Jimmy Kimmel, and he shared his joy in receiving his first Oscar. Bryant spoke about lack of diversity and being the first African-American to win an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.
The championship basketball player said, “this is a fascinating industry to be apart of..how do I carry this night (the night he won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film) beyond this night.” He then spoke about his commitment to the industry. “There’s a greater sense of responsibility. How do I create? How do I provide more opportunities for even more diverse and new voices to be heard in this industry?”
The Oscar-winner spoke out about the lack of representation in the animated industry. “In the animation business, there’s a serious lack of diversity.” He then revealed, “when I won the award the other night I was the first African- American to win that award in that category.”
The former Lakers player then said, “I’m extremely excited to push that (diversity) forward.”