First Lady Michelle Obama made a surprise appearance at the Academy Awards. Via video, Obama introduced the nominees for the Academy Awards' Best Picture category and announced the movie "Argo" had won the night's top award.
The first lady's communications director, Kristina Schake, said in a statement that the Academy Awards "approached the first lady about being a part of the ceremony," Politico reported.
"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," Schake said.
The appearance drew mixed reaction on Twitter.
* Television writer @Alexa_Michelle: "Michelle Obama's speech just made the Oscars even longer... That wasn't necessary".
* The New Republic's Noam Scheiber (@noamscheiber): "I'm a big Michelle Obama fan, but I fear she jumped the shark tonight. On the bright side: Maybe they'll call off her Mad Men cameo now..."
Politix reporting, and via Politico.