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Posted at 07:51 PM ET, 02/25/2013

Your Oscar questions answered: Michelle Obama presents, Seth offends, Kristen limps, Ben confesses

Updated 10 a.m.

The 2013 Oscars are over and while the dust clears, still so many questions swirling around. We’ll try to help.

• Why did Michelle Obama present Best Picture?

There is an entire story devoted to this question, from our colleague Krissah Thompson: Michelle Obama’s Oscar presentation raises questions about the role of a first lady


MacFarlane does his thing at the Oscars. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

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• Who was most offended by host Seth MacFarlane?

Probably the Anti-Defamation League, which blasted his gag that had the animated toy bear from MacFarlane’s hit movie “Ted” calling himself “Theodore Shapiro” and an Israel supporter — a tired rehash of the old Jews-control-Hollywood claim, the group said.

But MacFarlane’s “We Saw Your Boobs” routine might not have bombed as badly as it looked: A second viewing proves that the stony-faced reaction shots of Hollywood women were not live, but previously taped footage patched in for comic effect.

• Why is everyone mad at the Onion?


Quenzhane Wallis (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)
The satirical newspaper tweeted what was apparently a facetious comment about adorable 9-year-old acting nominee Quvenzhane Wallis supposedly being a jerk — but used the most unprintably vulgar word you can aim at a woman. The Onion deleted the tweet and apologized, promising to discipline the staffer responsible. On the bright side for Wallis, Sony Pictures announced Sunday that she will star in a film remake of “Annie.”

• Who was wrongly left out of the In Memoriam tribute this year?


Ann Rutherford in “Gone With the Wind” (AP)
Ann Rutherford (one of the last surviving cast members of “Gone With the Wind”), 1972 Oscar nominee Susan Tyrrell and character actress Lupe Ontiveros were among the 2012 show-biz deaths omitted from the montage, which strikingly included only four women among its 41 names. We’ll cut them a break for not honoring Larry Hagman , who was always more of a TV guy.

• Why was Kristen Stewart lurching across the stage so awkwardly?

Because the “Twilight” star was supposed to be on crutches that night. She used them on the red carpet but ditched them to present an award. She was overheard saying backstage that she cut her foot on glass, reports AP.


Kristen Stewart (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
• Well, what about Renee Zellweger lurching across the stage?

And squinting and having trouble talking and looking like she needed Richard Gere to hold her up? No idea.

• Did Ben Affleck imply that he and J ennifer Garner have a less-than-perfect marriage?

“I want to thank you for working on our marriage,” the “Argo” producer said during his Best Picture acceptance. “It’s good. It’s work! But it’s the best kind of work. And, uh, there’s no one I’d rather work with!”

• Oh, and how were the ratings?

Better than you’d expect, reports our colleague Lisa de Moraes. It was the most watched entertainment show in nearly three years and saw the boost in younger viewers the Academy has long craved. More on the Oscar ratings.


Jen and Ben: Workin’ on it. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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