-- By Tom Phillips
OK, why was Michelle Obama handing out the Oscar for Best Picture from the White House? It’s a question that gnawed at my subconscious mind for hours after the broadcast ended Sunday night, until the answer -- or at least a likely scenario – flashed on me the next day.
The first lady’s appearance was unusual, and a total surprise. But this kind of cameo – involving the White House, a TV network, and a closely guarded envelope --had to be planned weeks or months in advance. The plans were hatched back when there was no question about who would win Best Picture – when everyone thought “
was going to sweep the Oscars. Lincoln