Introduced by Hollywood veteran Jack Nicholson, Mrs. Obama went on to announce the winner of the most prestigious Academy Award of the night, Best Picture.
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So how did it happen that the First Lady of the United States presented (albeit via satellite from The White House in Washington, D.C.) an award at the 2013 Oscars? And furthermore, did anyone see what happened to her dress on the news in Iran?Firstly, Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein (who is co-chairman of The Weinstein Company, the studio behind this years' Silver Linings Playbook) and his daughter Lily reportedly had a hand in involving Michelle Obama in the final presentation at the Oscars.
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Since Mrs. Obama's gown exposed her shoulders in a way that would violate the codes of modesty enforced in many Muslim nations, Fars photoshopped a picture of the First Lady, with the result offering significantly more coverage of her shoulders and chest. The digital alteration was discovered by photojournalist and blogger Golnaz Esfandiari.Fars didn't stop with altering Mrs. Obama's gown. The news agency also slammed "Argo" as an "anti-Iran film ... produced by the Zionist company Warner Bros." Iran's state own television network also gave the film a thumbs-down, calling it "an advertisement for the CIA."A report by The London Times pointed out that "Argo" has been banned in Iran, but bootleggers have been selling DVD copies though underground networks, fetching roughly a dollar apiece for the movie.We're pretty sure that Fars won't be receiving media accreditation to next year's Oscars.