'Undefeated' director apologizes for F bomb
(From left): 'Undefeated' producers Rich Middlemas, Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs, and directors T.J. Martin and Daniel Lindsay.
February 27th, 2012
11:11 AM ET

'Undefeated' director apologizes for F bomb

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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    July 28, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Derp

    Actually using a profanity in this sort of situation is exactly what profanities should be used for: to emphasize emotion. Mindlessly dropping them every other word isn't classy, and what he didn't wasn't exactly professional, but it completely fit the mood and showed how excited he was. For God's sake they are just words, get over it.

    February 28, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. LoJenk


    February 28, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Leucadia Bob

    Alborosie announces secret collaboration with Amy Winehouse

    February 28, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Canopy

    They couldn't given Puff a trophy.

    February 28, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ricardo

    Now i understand why Senna wasnt even nominated...

    February 28, 2012 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  7. NanookoftheNorth

    Somehow ,I don't think Sister Delores (Hart) would have done that, if she won for best doc. Completely agree with you Maggie ! (although I think you meant "wouldn't" have happened;-)

    February 27, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. .•|•.

    LOL! Sorry, but that was funny! (I will go hang my head in shame now.)LOL!

    February 27, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Maggie

    If people didn't use language like that in everyday life, this kind of thing would happen. Stay classy, society.

    February 27, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Richard Fore

    Welcome to the club you ball licker

    February 27, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. haha

    Too much hanging with Diddy. Probably had Ciroc in his system too.

    February 27, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |

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