Undefeated, which followed a Memphis high school football team, won the Academy Award for best documentary film last night, defeating Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, perhaps the expected winner because it chronicled how the films it followed helped free three men from prison. (The winner is not to be confused with last year’s documentary about Sarah Palin, The Undefeated.)
Meanwhile, Saving Face, an HBO documentary about women scarred by acid attacks in Pakistan, won the Oscar for best short subject documentary.
The awards were presented during last night’s absurdly boring, completely masturbatory ceremony. Before it began, red carpet diva and American Idol host Ryan Seacrest became the butt of Sacha Baron Cohen’s alleged sense of humor, when the actor, dressed as his impossibly stupid new character from The Dictator, pretended to spill Kim Jong-Il’s ashes (actually pancake mix) on Seacrest. I’m not the biggest Seacrest fan, but this wasn’t even remotely comedic, and even made me feel sorry for Seacrest. The moment was made even more insufferable by Seacrest’s constant retelling of the story, and his fellow E! hosts’ excitement that he was “chosen” by Sacha Baron Cohen for his stupidity. Here’s what happened:
Later, after their film Undfeated won, producers TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay, and Richard Middlemas were actually played off and the telecast’s producers actually killed the audio and cut away, and that happened after Martin was bleeped. He said the award was “fucking amazing,” and apologized backstage, calling his remark “completely spontaneous and accidental,” unlike Sacha Baron Cohen’s antics.
Here’s the trailer for the winning film: