February 27th, 2012
11:11 AM ET
The team behind last night's best documentary feature Oscar winner, "Undefeated," have admitted that they got a little caught up in the moment.
Reminiscent of Melissa Leo's accidental swear word slip when she nabbed the best supporting actress Oscar last year, one of "Undefeated's" directors, T.J. Martin, was so overcome with joy from the win that he dropped an "F bomb" during his acceptance speech. (He thought it would be "f*****g awesome" if the other nominees in the best documentary feature category could share the moment on stage.)
A no-no at an awards show, but it was "from the heart," Martin later said backstage in an apology.
"First and foremost I want to apologize for that," a still stunned Martin told the press Sunday. "I don't think that was the classiest thing in the world, however, with that said it did come from the heart. It was absolutely spontaneous and there's no way in the world I thought this would happen. This is the most insane thing that's ever happened."
Although the "Undefeated" team, which included Martin's directing partner Daniel Lindsay, producer Rich Middlemas and executive producer Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, may now be known for that lapse in language, they weren't going to let it overshadow the story they captured on film.
"Undefeated" focused on an underprivileged high school football team in Memphis, and Martin was sure to put the spotlight back on those featured in the doc.
"We wanted to dedicate this award to the community of North Memphis and the individuals we profiled in the film. With that said, there are 45 seconds and that 45 seconds goes by really quickly, and they cut us off unfortunately," Martin said. "Win or lose, just to get nominated is a phenomenal achievement for us...we cannot thank the community of North Memphis enough. We should not be the ones standing here. Their trust in us telling their story enabled the success of this film, period."
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