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Behind-the-Scenes Video: “A Broadway Celebration” at the White House

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This summer, the President and First Lady continued their White House music series with “A Broadway Celebration” to honor the arts and demonstrate the importance of arts education. Before joining the ranks of Broadway’s brightest stars, dance students from local schools performed in a special dress rehearsal for the First Lady, their parents and teachers.

A Broadway Celebration: In Performance at the White House is emceed by Nathan Lane and includes Idina Menzel, Brian d’Arcy James, Audra McDonald, Chad Kimball, Elaine Stritch, Marvin Hamlisch, Karen Olivo, Tonya Pinkins, Assata Alston and a youth ensemble from the Joy of Motion Dance Center and Duke Ellington School of the Arts, with Danielle Arci and Constantine Rousouli.

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President Obama Presents Medals in Arts and Humanities

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, for the 2009 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal ceremony. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

The President presented the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal for 2009 in a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in a ceremony Thursday evening.

The 12 winners for the National Medal of Arts were announced in the afternoon and awarded their medals by President and Mrs. Obama in an evening ceremony. Winners of the NMA include famous singer/musician/activist Bob Dylan, the designer Milton Glaser; the artist and architect Maya Lin; the singer and actor Rita Moreno; the soprano Jessye Norman; the artist Frank Stella; the conductor Michael Tilson Thomas; the composer and conductor John Williams; and Joseph P. Riley Jr., the mayor of Charleston, S.C. The actor and director Clint Eastwood was also named a medalist but not present at the ceremony. The Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the School of American Ballet were awarded medals as well.

The annual award is managed by the National Endowment for the Arts. In a statement, the endowment’s chairman, Rocco Landesman, said the winners represented “the breadth and depth of American architecture, design, film, music, performance, theater and visual art.”

First Lady Michelle Obama congratulates Elie Wiesel at a White House ceremony in which he received the National Humanities Medal.

President Obama also presented the 2009 National Humanities Medals to eight Americans for their outstanding achievements in history, literature, cultural philanthropy, and museum leadership. This years winners: prize-winning authors and historians Robert A. Caro (“The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Path to Power, Means of Ascent and Master of the Senate”), Annette Gordon-Reed (“The Hemingses of Monticello”), David Levering Lewis, (“W.E.B DuBois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century 1919-1963″) and William H. McNeill (“Plagues and Peoples”). The list also includes speechwriter and lawyer Theodore Sorensen, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Philippe de Montebello, philanthropist Albert H. Small, as well as Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel, founding chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the author of “Night.”

The official citations honoring each medalists can be found here.

The National Humanities Medal honors individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities, broadened our citizens’ engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve and expand Americans’ access to important resources in the humanities.

President Barack Obama, not pictured, acknowledges actress Sarah Jessica Parker, as first lady Michelle Obama looks on, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, before he presented the 2009 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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82nd Annual Academy Awards ~ Oscars® ~ Best Motion Picture

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Avatar

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The Blind Side

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An Education
An Education

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The Hurt Locker

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Up in the Air
Up in the Air

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A Serious Man
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Inglourious Basterds
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District 9
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Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
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82nd Annual Academy Awards ~ Oscars® ~ Best Actor

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George Clooney in Up In The Air
George Clooney in Up In The Air

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Morgan Freeman in Invictus
Morgan Freeman in Invictus

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Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker
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Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart
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Colin Firth in A Single Man
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In the acting categories, 12 individuals are first-time nominees. Five of the nominees (George Clooney, Morgan Freeman, Penélope Cruz, Helen Mirren and Meryl Streep) are previous acting winners. Matt Damon received an Oscar® for Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting (1997).


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82nd Annual Academy Awards ~ Oscars® ~ Best Supporting Actor

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Matt Damon in Invictus
Matt Damon as Francois Pienaar in Invictus

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Christopher Plummer in The Last Station
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Stanley Tucci in The Lovely Bones
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Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds
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82nd Annual Academy Awards ~ Oscars® ~ Best Actress

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Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia
Meryl Streep as Julia Childs in Julie & Julia

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Gabourey Sidibe in Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
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Helen Mirren in The Last Station
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Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side
Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side

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Carey Mulligan in An Education
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82nd Annual Academy Awards ~ Oscars® ~ Best Supporting Actress

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Anna Kendrick in Up In The Air
Anne Kedrick as Natalie Keener in Up In The Air

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Mo'Nique as Mary Jones in Precious

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Penélope Cruz in Nine
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Maggie Gyllenhaal in Crazy Heart
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