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Video: Michelle Obama awards Best Picture Oscar to 'Argo'

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While President Obama is co-starring in a horror story with Congress - "The Sequester," complete with Roger Ebert's favorite red countdown clock - Michelle Obama is sticking with the big screen theatrics.

The first lady was a surprise presenter at the Academy Awards Sunday night. Well, not at the show - she actually did her part from the White House. But she helped present the Best Picture award, with co-presenter Jack Nicholson, to "Argo."

Lynn Sweet has details on the back story, as the Hollywood scenesters say.

From the AP report:

Mrs. Obama said all of the nominees demonstrated that "we can overcome any obstacle."

She said that message is "especially important for our young people" and thanked Hollywood for encouraging children "to open their imaginations."

The first lady was introduced by Jack Nicholson, who noted that the Best Picture trophy is usually announced solo.

Mrs. Obama wore a silver, art deco-inspired gown by Indian-born American fashion designer Naeem Khan. It was the same dress she wore for the Obamas' dinner with the nation's governors at the White House Sunday night.

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First lady Michelle Obama, appearing on screen, and actor Jack Nicholson present the award for best picture during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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