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February 25, 2013

Michelle Obama: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

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Well, talk about the Obama’s going to the furthest lengths to leverage pop-culture. Really, what was Michelle doing last night giving out the best picture at the Academy Awards? (Calling Ambassador Clooney!?) At the same time (the look, as it appeared on a couple of other stars for the evening, being “gunmetal gray”), what was also up with the completely incongruous yet wonderfully decked out and gender-balanced pairing of service folk accompanying the number? Ostensibly sure, a mil event was simultaneously on the schedule, but talk about brand baking wrapped in military wallpaper.

And then, here’s the WH version. All great, a bit of neck strain understandable for a single take.


Update: Man, I’ve been out of it. It’s a sequestration CYA.

(screen grabs: ABC. photo: Pete Souza/White House. caption: First Lady Michelle Obama announces the Best Picture Oscar to Argo live from the Diplomatic Room of the White House, Feb. 24, 2013.)

  • DAC

    Did you ask FLOTUS for her side of this story?

    • Michael Shaw

      OMG, thank you!

      (Posted from the photojournalism ER.)

    • Susan Donovan


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  • Bruce


  • robert e

    Incongruous by the lights of Oscar history and tradition, perhaps. On the other hand, given that most of this year’s nominees happened to have something to do with the powers of the CIC, national policy, and still-percolating social/political issues like racism and inequality, and given that the award went to the most politically optimistic (or least critical) film of the bunch, it all seems of a piece. One more step in the convergence of pop culture, civil government and military.

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