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Spike Lee shows up to Academy Awards wearing custom Kobe Bryant suit

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Cary Erickson | 14 February, 2020, 03:26

He paired his outfit with a white shirt, black bow tie and orange Nike trainers.

Lee and Bryant's relationship goes back over a decade, making the red carpet moment even more poignant.

The filmmaker, along with his wife Tonya Lewis Lee, stepped out on the red carpet on Sunday in Hollywood paying tribute to the basketball star who passed away on January 26. Those in Hollywood are paying tribute to Bryant ahead of the Academy Awards, one year after he won an Oscar.

On Instagram, Lee posted, "Da Lee's Are In Da House", along with three purple hearts. "We all miss him". He took home the golden statue for the short film "Dear Basketball'".

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"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.

"This evening, as we celebrate the artistic highlights of the past year, we also pause to remember those from our community who we lost". This was on full display at the 2020 Academy Awards - or the Oscars - when tributes to Bryant were plentiful.

Lee further elaborated about his good friend Kobe Bryant while speaking with the red carpet host, Billy Porter. News. "I just gotta continue to do my work. I am talking about what we gotta squash for Vanessa, the family", he told Porter, seemingly referring to some of the negative headlines made following the death of the National Basketball Association legend. "So you can see the growth, you can see the love".