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First lady Michelle Obama speaks at a gathering, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, during a celebration of the Black History Month, welcoming middle and high school students from the District of Columbia area and New Orleans taking part in an interactive student workshop with the cast and crew of the film Beasts of the Southern Wild. From left are, Quvenzhané Wallis and Rachel Goslins. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)Copyright 2013, The Associated Press

First lady plugs 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama on Wednesday gushed over the Oscar-nominated film "Beast of the Southern Wild," calling it one of the "most powerful and most important" movies in a long time in a ringing endorsement delivered less than two weeks before this month's Academy Awards ceremony.


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