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February 25, 2013

First Lady tells governors her Hollywood turn was "well worth it"

First Lady Michelle Obama made a surprise appearance at the Oscars Sunday night, introduced by Jack Nicholson and beamed in live from the Diplomatic Room at the White House.

Wearing the Naeem Khan dress she wore to the governors' dinner, FLOTUS made the unannounced appearance to name the nominees for Best Picture and pull out the envelope for Argo.

The Academy Awards approached Obama about being part of the ceremony, said Obama's spokeswoman Kristina Schake, and "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."

Obama, who had dinner with the nation's governors earlier Sunday, told the governors today: "You noticed, I stayed up a little later, a little bit longer than I anticipated, but it was well worth it."

White House photographer Pete Souza tweeted out photographs of the event:



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