The Best Picture award is a big moment, but it became even bigger when the first lady of the United States surprised everyone by announcing the award.
An added plus for the film was that first lady Michelle Obama made a surprise appearance during the Best Picture presentation. Legendary actor Jack Nicholson presented the award along with Obama, who appeared via satellite.
“[These films] taught us that love can beat all odds,” Obama said, according to the Huffington Post. “They reminded us that we can overcome any obstacle if we dig deep enough and fight hard enough and find the courage within ourselves.”
The first lady continued by saying that through cinema, “Our children learn to open their imagination and dream just a little bigger and to strive every day to reach those dreams.”
A few comments were made throughout the night about Affleck not being given a Best Director nomination, including by the Oscar host himself.
“The story was so top secret that the film’s director is unknown to the Academy,” Seth MacFarlane said. “They know they screwed up. Ben, it’s not your fault.”
Affleck seemed to be the only one not upset over it (or at least, over it). His acceptance speech was gracious and thankful.
“It doesn’t matter how you get knocked down in life. All that matters is how you get back up,” he said.
Affleck didn’t miss the opportunity to make sure those associated with the other films in the category knew how much he appreciated them.
“There are eight great films that have every right, as much a right, to be up here as we do,” he said of the other Best Picture nominees.
Michelle Obama and Jack Nicholson made a perfect duo for the presentation of the final award of the night at the 2013 Oscars. Their role was a well-kept secret, all the way to the end.