Diddy Wins Oscar as Executive Producer of “Undefeated” Documentary; Pharrell Performs


(AllHipHop News) 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