One of the most powerful women in the country stepped into the spotlight to announce Oscar’s biggest prize — the award for best picture — even though she wasn’t in the auditorium, or anywhere near Hollywood.
When Jack Nicholson walked on stage at evening’s end, before the best picture pronouncement, he quipped how the academy tradition is for the award to be announced by a solo presenter. But Nicholson stunned the crowd when he said, “It’s my pleasure to introduce live from the White House, the first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.”
On a huge screen above him, Michelle Obama appeared via satellite in a gala shiny gray dress, backed by several young people in formal military uniform.
Said Obama, “Thank you, Jack, and welcome to the White House, everyone. I am so honored to introduce this year’s nominees,” noting that she was excited to celebrate films that “lift our spirits, broaden our minds and transport us to places we can never imagine.”