I guess when the White House got involved, the producers of "Argo" had to feel pretty good about their chances for best picture honors.
It was hard to understand presenter Jack Nicholson's mumblings, so it's probably a good thing he called on First Lady Michelle Obama to give him a hand from the White House.
Fortunately, she opened the envelope and announced that Ben Affleck's "Argo," about the CIA plot to sneak hostages out of Iran, won the biggest Oscar of them all.
Affleck, flanked by fellow producer George Clooney and others, acknowledged the eight other nominated films and thanked "anyone who did anything on the movie," plus his wife, "whom I don't normally associate with Iran."
He didn't say anything about being snubbed in the director's category, but did reflect on his first Oscar, noting: "You can't hold grudges."
It was the movie's third award overall. "Life of Pi" won four, "Les Miserables" got three and "Django Unchained," "Skyfall" and "Lincoln" won two each.