Near the conclusion of the ABC television broadcast of the Academy Awards’ Oscar presentations on Sunday night, First Lady Michelle Obama appeared live from the White House in Washington, D.C. to present the best picture award. She announced that the best picture of the year was “Argo.”
During the broadcast, Jack Nicholson was introduced as the professional actor who would allegedly present the final award – the biggest award – of the night, but he was only there to introduce the surprise presenter, Michelle Obama. During the appearance, Obama said that she was thrilled to be introducing the nine best picture nominees. She went on to say that she was honored to help celebrate the movies that lift our spirits, broaden our minds and transport us to places we have never imagined.
According to the First Lady, the nine nominated movies took us back in time and all around the world. She said that the movies made us weep, made us grip our armrests just a little tighter, and taught us that love can endure against all odds and transform our lives in the most surprising ways. She concluded her remarks before announcing “Argo” as the winner by saying that these movies reminded us that we can overcome any obstacle if we dig deep enough and fight hard enough and find the courage to believe in ourselves.
Following her announcement of the winning film, she tweeted on Twitter:
It was a thrill to announce the #Oscars2013 best picture winner from the @WhiteHouse! Congratulations Argo! – mo
The First Lady also appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s late night television show on Friday.