The spouses Tonya Lee Lewis and Spike Lee - Los Angeles Times / Polaris / Starface

As usual, Spike Lee arrived at the Oscars with an unusual outfit. But this year, the cult director had a message. He wanted to pay tribute to his friend, the legend Kobe Bryant. After the helicopter accident that cost the athlete's life, the filmmaker, a huge basketball fan, wanted to express his support by wearing a purple and yellow Gucci costume, embroidered with the number 24, that the player wore during most of his career.

"I'm going to present an Oscar, but I also wanted to represent him. Present and represent. I'm doing both this evening, ”he said at the ABC microphone when he walked the red carpet.

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Spike Lee was obviously not the only one with a thought for Kobe Bryant this Sunday. The basketball champion, who won an Oscar in 2018 with his short film Dear Basketball , was honored in a heartbreaking special tribute during the ceremony with this quote from the sportsman: "Life is too short to get bogged down and to be discouraged. We must keep moving. We must continue. "

Kobe was honored at the Oscars tonight 🙏

- Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 10, 2020

Kobe Bryant died at age 41. His daughter Gianna, who died with him in the helicopter crash, was 13 years old.


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