Diddy Wins Oscar as Executive Producer of “Undefeated” Documentary; Pharrell Performs
Last night the Academy Awards were held in Los Angeles, California as Oscars were given to actors, producers, directors, and others involved in the creation of the Academy’s chosen films of the year.
Taking home best documentary was the film “Undefeated,” executive produced by Diddy, about a high school football team from Memphis, Tennesee that undergoes the struggles of life in a rough Memphis area.
The film marks the first time an African American director has won an Academy Award.
Overcome with excitement director T.J. Martin accepted the award accidentally dropping the word, “f**king” in his acceptance speech, a feat that was not a first for Academy Award show speeches.
Directed by Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin, the film follows a volunteer coach, Bill Courtney, as he resurrects as a high school team and its players after continually putting together losing seasons.
Miraculously in the film, the Manassas Tigers of North Memphis, who had never won a playoff game in their 110-year history, win a playoff game and learn a great deal about life at the same time.
“Congrats to Oscar Winning FilmMakers @dan_lindsay @TJMckayMartin !!! And Coach Bill Courtney!! #Undefeated LET’S GOOOO!!!” Diddy exclaimed via Twitter. “And special Congrats to @TJMckayMartin-Hes the 1st African American director to win an Academy Award!!! #UNDEFEATED !!!! RT!!!”
Also at the Oscars, viewers heard singer/producer Pharrell Williams and popular drummer Sheila E play to the award show audience in and out of commercials
Pharrell also worked with famed composer Hans Zimmer on several of the songs during the Academy awards according to an interview with MTV over the last week.
“You know, Hans called me and he said that [Oscars Producer] Brian Grazer had asked him to come on as a consultant and effectively score the music or whatever,” Pharrell explained to MTV News. “And Hans was like, ‘I can’t do that. … I’d do that if like I had, like, Pharrell.’ [Grazer's] like, ‘OK, get Pharrell on the phone.’ That’s the story he told me. I got the call from Hans and he told them he wanted to do it with me, and so I pleasantly accepted and we’ve just been working ever since.”
A complete list of the Oscar winners is below:
Best cinematography — Robert Richardson, Hugo
Best art direction — Hugo
Best costume design — The Artist
Best make up -The Iron Lady
Best foreign language film — A Separation
Best actress in a supporting role — Octavia Spencer, The Help
Best film editing — The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Best sound editing — Hugo
Best sound mixing — Hugo
Best documentary feature — Undefeated
Best animated film — Rango
Best visual effects — Hugo
Best actor in a supporting role -Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Best original score — Ludovic Bource, The Artist
Best song — Man or Muppet, The Muppets
Best adapted screenplay — Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash, The Descendants
Best original screenplay — Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Best live action short — The Shore
Best documentary short — Saving Face
Best animated short — The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore
Best director — Michel Hazavanicius, The Artist
Best actor in a leading role — Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Best actress in a leading role — Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Best picture — The Artist