Spike Lee honrs Kobe Bryant in custom suit at Oscars

Filmmaker Spike Lee follows Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios’ homages to Kobe Bryant

Oscar-winner, Spike Lee paid a fashion tribute to late basketball star Kobe Bryant. He also wore purple trousers and a pair of Kobe 9 Lows; that's one of 11 signature models in Bryant's line of Nike sneakers constructed to mirror the shoes boxers wear in the ring.

"Tribute, honor, homage. we all miss him", Lee said on the red carpet before the awarding ceremony. He took home the award for best animated short film for his project "Dear Basketball" at the 90th Academy Awards in 2018. They shared their photo together on Instagram before they headed out for the big show. He also wore orange sneakers on the red carpet.

On Instagram, Lee posted, "Da Lee's Are In Da House", along with three purple hearts. His look was inspired by the life and works of Kobe.

Bryant was not only a basketball legend, but he is a filmmaker himself.


"Dear Basketball" was based on a poem Kobe wrote about the sport when he was about to announce his retirement from the hard court in 2015. Bryant was also the one who narrated in the film.

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: (L-R) Finneas O'Connell and Billie Eilish perform onstage during the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California.

When asked about his outfit by Ryan Seacrest, the award-winning director simply shrugged and did not respond.

Good stuff here, Mr. Lee. "But I'm glad we do a little bit more than that", he said. "So you can see the growth, you can see the love".

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