It was videos of black fathers lovingly styling their daughters' hair that inspired Matthew Cherry to launch a Kickstarter campaign in 2017 fund the short film, "Hair Love."
On Sunday, Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver accepted the Academy Award for best animated short film for the project.
The story of a dad struggling to do his daughter's hair not only charmed those who saw it, but resulted in a children's book and plenty of conversations about the importance of hair and heritage in the black community.
With the win, Cherry became the second former athlete to win an Oscar for best animated short.
He paid tribute to the first, Kobe Bryant, who in 2018 won for best animated short for "Dear Basketball," which was based on a poem he wrote.
"May we all have a second act as great as his was," Cherry said of Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash with eight others, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, last month.
Watch the full short film now.