"Undefeated" wins Oscar for best documentary feature

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 26, 2012 9:58 PM
"Undefeated" wins Oscar for best documentary feature

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Undefeated" won the Oscar for best documentary feature on Sunday, an inspiring story about a struggling high school football team in a poor Memphis neighborhood.

Directed by Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin, the film chronicles how a charismatic volunteer coach turns the team and its players around after years of losses.

The film has echoes of "The Blind Side," the 2009 feature film in which a Memphis mother played by Sandra Bullock adopts a homeless black teenager and helps him achieve football stardom.

In a wide open field with no clear favorite, "Undefeated" beat off strong competition from "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory," about the fight of three convicted murderers to clear their names, and "Hell and Back Again," detailing the struggles of a war veteran returning to civilian life.

(Reporting By Tim Reid; Editing by Sandra Maler)