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Michelle Obama not shocked by criticism of her Oscar cameo

Michelle Obama says it was “absolutely not surprising” to her that her satellite appearance at the Academy Awards ceremony provoked a national conversation about whether it was appropriate, after some conservative critics accused her of selfishly crashing the event in an attempt to upstage it.

She attributed the chatter to a culture shift that has spawned legions of bloggers, tweeters, and others who talk about anything and everything all the time.

“Shoot, my bangs set off a national conversation. My shoes can set off a national conversation. That’s just sort of where we are. We’ve got a lot of talking going on,” the first lady said only somewhat jokingly Thursday before an appearance in Chicago, her hometown. “It’s like everybody’s kitchen-table conversation is now accessible to everybody else so there’s a national conversation about anything.” READ FULL STORY

Oscar honcho on First Lady, Meryl Streep's blunder, and song for the losers

How did the producers manage to keep the First Lady’s involvement in the ceremony a secret? Why didn’t Meryl Streep open the envelope for best actor? Did Host Seth MacFarlane and Kristin Chenoweth actually know the identity of the losers before they wrote that snarky ode to them? We asked Director Don Mischer to answer some of our burning questions about Sunday’s telecast of the Academy Awards.

When did they book Michelle Obama to reveal the Best Picture winner? “That happened about two weeks ago and we kept it all a secret,” Mischer told EW. “There were just a few of us who knew. We had a code name for it… Operation Florence. Nobody on our crew knew until Sunday afternoon before we went on the air.” READ FULL STORY

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