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One of the biggest moments of the night came at the end, as first lady Michelle Obama announced the winner of the best picture prize. Backstage, Affleck described how surreal it was when he heard her say the word: “Argo.”

“I was sort of hallucinating when that was happening,” he explained. “In the course of a hallucination it doesn’t seem that odd: `Oh look, a purple elephant. Oh look, Michelle Obama.’”

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