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Michelle Obama Hands Out Best Picture Oscar to 'Argo': VIDEO


Apologies for this was the best quality embeddable clip I could find of FLOTUS delivering the Best Picture Oscar in a surprise appearance live from the White House.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

Dominic Patten at Deadline writes abou how the appearance came together:

“The Academy Awards approached the First Lady about being a part of the ceremony. As a movie lover, she was honored to present the award and celebrate the artists who inspire us all — especially our young people — with their passion, skill and imagination.”

The idea of getting the First Lady on the show first came from Lily Weinstein, who mentioned it to her big Obama contributor dad Harvey, who suggested it to the Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron and Academy president Hawk Koch. The group flew to DC a week and a half ago to put the logistics together with the White House. The Oscar producers told Deadline’s Pete Hammond earlier this week that they “were being like the CIA” about a couple of surprises on the show, keeping things top secret. In towns like Hollywood and DC where people love to talk, they pulled it off. There was no indication on the show’s rundown and most of the people on the Oscars had no idea who the secret guest would be. “I knew we could do it and we did it,” Koch told Deadline tonight about keeping Obama’s name under wraps.

The First Lady was actually handed the envelope with the winner’s name in it by the head of PricewaterhouseCoopers at the White House, where she and President Obama hosted a dinner for the nation’s Governors tonight. Nicholson had a back-up envelope just in case.

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  1. Lots of reasons to like this. Foremost among them: It pisses off Republicans!

    Posted by: K in VA | Feb 25, 2013 9:29:26 AM

  2. This was great!

    Posted by: Matt26 | Feb 25, 2013 9:30:35 AM

  3. Michelle Obama appeared on the giant screen and Teabagger heads exploded. They didn't even have to be watching. They knew instinctively. SPLAT!

    Posted by: Gigi | Feb 25, 2013 9:36:27 AM

  4. but teabaggers don't watch the oscars

    the whole "commie libuuuuurl hollywoooood" thing

    Anyway; cool and Sally Field was robbed

    If anne deserved it then she wouldn't have had to campaign as hard as she did to get it. Estimates are the most $$$ and forceful oscar campaign for an award ever. Last year Streepe didn't have to campaign and won best actress = proof in pudding...if you have to campaign to get the award then you don't deserve it

    Posted by: Moz's | Feb 25, 2013 9:55:58 AM

  5. Wait, Michelle Obama was doing something or other? My friend and I were only looking at the three handsome guys behind here, who are they?

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Feb 25, 2013 10:07:32 AM

  6. She's promoting one of America's biggest exports.

    Well done.

    Posted by: Josh | Feb 25, 2013 11:23:53 AM

  7. Am I the only one who thought this made no sense? The Oscars and the film industry are not just an event celebrating American film (arguably it's more global than ever in who are nominated), and while the First Lady is supposedly a "film buff" (huh? really?) she has nothing to do with the industry. I like her a lot, but she's known more for her initiative on youth fitness than for any cultural notoriety. Plus, the co-presentation with Nicholson was awkwardly staged and coordinated.

    Posted by: Stefan | Feb 25, 2013 11:24:36 AM

  8. I suppose it's a perk of the office. I'm sure they spent weeks sweating over whether this was a good idea or not.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 25, 2013 11:28:55 AM

  9. As Josh noted, FLOTUS was helping promote one of our biggest exports: movies. Her participation was suggested by and then arranged for the two gay Oscar show producers by Harvey Weinstein and his daughter who are huge Obama supporters. Gay producers + liberal Hollywood + Jewish Democrats + FLOTUS looking gorgeous live from the White House = GOPer/Tea Party madness all around. I LOVE IT!!!

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Feb 25, 2013 11:48:36 AM

  10. would add that FLOTUS presentation goes along with promoting the State Dept/ public service = Argo

    so completely fits

    Posted by: Moz's | Feb 25, 2013 1:37:51 PM

  11. This was truly a sad day for America, democracy and the world. We have the First Lady surrounded by military awarding the Best Picture award to a CIA propoganda movie that glorifies the CIA intrusion into Iran and demonizes Iran, presently still a target of American aggression, and everyone sucks down the propoganda and the military behind the First Lady applaud like mad. We have become a South American dictatorship like Jaun Peron's Argentina, with Michelle as Evita. Sick and sad, and what a terrible message we are sending out to the world.

    Posted by: JCMS | Feb 25, 2013 2:32:34 PM

  12. You can put a baboon is a dress, but it is still a baboon

    Posted by: Liz | Feb 25, 2013 5:20:41 PM

  13. "You can put a baboon is a dress, but it is still a baboon"

    Yes, and you can fold toilet paper after the first wipe, but there's still sh.t inside. Some human skulls have the same quality.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Feb 25, 2013 5:44:28 PM

  14. HA Derrick

    thumbs up on the wity response to ignorance :-)

    Posted by: Moz's | Feb 25, 2013 6:43:04 PM

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