Dan Lindsay, TJ Martin, and Rich Middlemas

Turns out that Seattle had a presence at the Academy Awards last night.

When TJ Martin picked up the Oscar for Undefeated, the documentary he co-directed, the Seattle-native also made history. Martin, a Western Washington University grad, is the first African American to win an Academy Award for directing a full-length motion picture, documentary or otherwise.

If you watched the ceremony it was hard not to smile when Martin and company accepted their trophies. Few recipients were as excited as the Undefeated crew, and they lingered on stage so long, thanking everyone they’ve ever met, that for a moment you suspected they were going to have to be forcibly removed. It was a nice moment in an otherwise dull and monotonous affair.

Undefeated documents the true story of an inner-city Memphis football team that tries to end the high school’s legacy of losing. Led by their volunteer coach, Bill Courtney, the Manassas Tigers face virtually every strike against them – from poverty to criminal behavior. The film chronicles how the group of young men transform into an academic and athletic team.

Congratulations to TJ Martin and everyone who worked on Undefeated. Check out the trailer below.


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