Michelle Obama surprises Oscars by presenting Best Picture award

LOS ANGELES Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:06am EST

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama announces the winner of the best picture Oscar via video link at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama announces the winner of the best picture Oscar via video link at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 24, 2013.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. first lady Michelle Obama made a surprise and unprecedented appearance on Sunday's Oscars telecast when she presented the award for Best Picture, the first time a president or first lady has ever presented an Academy Award.

Appearing live on screen from the White House in Washington, almost 3,000 miles from the Oscars ceremony in Hollywood, Obama praised the work of the movie industry before announcing the Iran hostage drama "Argo" the Best Picture winner.

Wearing a silver evening dress, Obama said this year's nominated films had "made us laugh, made us weep and grip our armrests just a little bit tighter."

Obama added: "They reminded us we can overcome any obstacles if we dig deep enough and hard enough. They are especially important for young people. Everyday they engage in the arts, they learn to open their imaginations ... and strive to reach those dreams."

"Argo" director and co-producer Ben Affleck said he felt like he was "sort of hallucinating" when Obama presented the award.

"The fact that it was the first lady was an enormous honor ... it was very cool," Affleck said backstage after collecting the Best Picture trophy.

(Reporting By Tim Reid and Nichola Groom; editing by Mary Milliken and Sandra Maler)

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Comments (5)
dmanjam wrote:
This should be discouraged, it seems like the Obama’s want to control every phase of our lives. Unprecedented and uncalled for, politics should never be a part of freedom of speech.

Feb 25, 2013 1:25am EST  --  Report as abuse
DarleneAyars wrote:
I believe Michelle Obama is one of the most classy and dignified first ladies we’ve ever had, and she makes me feel she’s one with all of us.

Feb 25, 2013 1:29am EST  --  Report as abuse
Pecheko wrote:
It made us feel proud of Mrs Obama in her role of First Lady!

Feb 25, 2013 1:59am EST  --  Report as abuse
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