From a report in the Los Angeles Times regarding Michelle Obama‘s presentation of the “best picture” Academy Award on Sunday:

[Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron] had the idea several months ago for the first lady to appear — even if the first lady would wind up being Anne [sic] Romney — hoping it would add a different dimension to the best-picture presentation.

The report also says the original plan was for Obama to… attend the ceremony but the Governor’s Dinner at the White House “made travel plans impossible.” Instead, she presented the award via satellite.

@eScarry