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Barbra Streisand to Sing at Oscars for First Time in 36 Years

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Barbra StreisandHoly moly! Barbra Streisand will sing at the Oscars for the first time in 36 years.

Streisand last sang the love theme from “A Star Is Born” on the March 28, 1977 show, winning the Best Original Song Oscar for “Evergreen” that same night.

“In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music,” said producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, “how could the telecast be complete without Barbra Streisand? We are honored that she has agreed to do a very special performance on this year’s Oscars.”

The press release the Academy just sent out reminds us that Streisand won her first Oscar for Best Actress in “Funny Girl” (1968), and was nominated again in 1973 for her lead performance in “The Way We Were.”

She was also nominated for producing the Best Picture nominee “The Prince of Tides” (1991), which she also directed, and for co-writing the original song “I Finally Found Someone” from “The Mirror Has Two Faces” (1996).

This year Streisand co-starred with Seth Rogen in the road trip film “The Guilt Trip,” in which she didn’t sing a note to the disappointment of many fans.

The Academy has promised the Oscar telecast would celebrate movie musicals, and with Streisand’s name added to the list that already includes Norah Jones and Adele, they are delivering.

Now we’re wondering who else will be in the mix, although no one could top this powerhouse trio of women performers.

Who else would you like to see perform at the Oscars?

Paula Schwartz

Paula Schwartz is a veteran journalist based in New York who is passionate about the movies. Her idea of heaven is watching three movies in a row. She’s written for various outlets, including the New York Times, Showbiz411.com, More.com and MovieMaker Magazine. For five seasons, she contributed to the New York Times seasonal movie blog, Carpetbaggers, where she covered major awards events and interviewed stars like Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman and Helen Mirren.

Paula Schwartz has written posts on Reel Life With Jane.


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4 comments

  1. How about Dick Van Dyke performing “Chim Chim Cher-ee”? That won in 1964. Or maybe a collage of Oscar-winning songs from the classic musicals, like “It Might as Well be Spring,” “Over the Rainbow” and “Swinging on a Star.” That would be awesome.
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    • paula schwartz

      How about Liza Minnelli from “Cabaret”! The musical will be celebrated on the occasion of its 40th birthday – and a new restored print – tomorrow at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York with the cast, including Minnelli, on the red carpet. Paula

  2. I’m thrilled that Streisand will be singing at the Oscars. Any time I get to see her perform I consider it a treat. As an aside, I was extremely disappointed with her latest movie, though. It didn’t even elicit one laugh from me…too bad.
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