The Washington Times - February 25, 2013, 07:19AM

First lady Michelle Obama added some presidential glitz to the Oscars Sunday night, appearing via live video to open the envelope containing the name of the best-picture winner, “Argo.”

Wearing a silvery art-deco-inspired metallic gown, Mrs. Obama showered affection on the Hollywood stars, writers and production teams and said they are setting a good example for the nation’s children because all the nominees demonstrated that “we can overcome any obstacle.”


That message is “especially important for our young people,” she said, thanking Hollywood for encouraging children “to open their imaginations.”

Jack Nicholson introduced the first lady, after first noting that the best picture award is usually announced solo but they were making an exception.

Mrs. Obama’s gown was made by Indian-born American fashion designer Naeem Khan. She was already wearing the dress for the Obamas’ dinner with the nation’s governors at the White House Sunday night.