Former NBA star Kobe Bryant is now an Academy Award-winning filmmaker, in year where MeToo and Time’s Up are dominating the topic of conversation surrounding the ceremony.

Bryant scored an Oscar for Best Animated Short for Dear Basketball, alongside director Glen Keane, an animated adaptation of his retirement announcement letter posted on The Player’s Tribune, and a film that clocks in at a healthy 6 minutes.

Bryant’s win immediately attracted scorn, given the former Los Angeles Laker was embroiled in a sexual assault case in 2003, after he was arrested and accused of raping a 19-year-old hotel employee in Colorado.

Twitter was quick to point out that, in a year where Hollywood is appearing to take a stand on the awful past behaviour of men, awarding one of its highest honours to Bryant is, at best, profoundly hypocritical.

It’s worth noting that the case against Bryant dissolved just prior to going to trial, with his accuser filing a civil suit that was settled out of court; the criminal charge was dropped as part of the undisclosed settlement.

At the time, Kobe issued a statement on the matter which included an admission that the sex in question was non-consensual.

That’s show business, folks.