Barbra Streisand to perform on Oscar night

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Two-time Academy Award® winner Barbra Streisand, who has sung on the Oscars only once before, will perform on the upcoming Oscar® telecast on February 24. 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, her first time singing on the show in 36 years.”

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).

Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

ABOUT CRAIG ZADAN AND NEIL MERON
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are producers of critically acclaimed and award-winning feature films, television movies, series, and Broadway productions. Their feature films include The Bucket List, Footloose, Hairspray, and Chicago, which won six Academy Awards including one for “Best Picture.” For television, they’ve produced films of “Steel Magnolias,” “Life with Judy Garland,” and “A Raisin in the Sun,” among many others and the series “Smash” and “Drop Dead Diva.” They recently returned to their roots in live theater by producing Broadway revivals of the Tony-winning “Promises, Promises” and the Tony-winning 50th Anniversary revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

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28 Comments

  1. filmboymichael
    January 30, 2013

    say what you will about Streisand, but this is a major coup….this is clearly, given the producing team, going to be a very musical oscar-cast and that makes me quite happy. Just too bad the musical this year is Les Mis.

  2. Apocalypse Pooh
    January 30, 2013

    I’ve never been into Streisand, and frankly, her zealous fanbase is a bit spooky sometimes, but if she can improve the show, go for it. Maybe she can do a duet with Seth Rogen. ;)

  3. Zach
    January 30, 2013

    I think an even bigger deal than Les Mis being a musical nominated for Best Picture this year is that we actually have 3-5 WORTHY Best Song nominees for a change. If that’s cause for a tribute to music–and if they let the nominees sing (predominantly) their entire songs–then I say go for it.

  4. sam's son
    January 30, 2013

    Streisand, eh? Why not also include Bette Midler, Cher, Madonna, Liza Minnelli and footage of Judy Garland? The producers feel so pretty and witty and gaaaaayyyy

  5. Koleś
    January 30, 2013

    I didn’t realize she completed her EGOT in only 7 years. She won a Grammy, an Emmy and an Oscar in a timespan of 5 years. Holy Shit.

  6. Pierre de Plume
    January 30, 2013

    Like her or not, Streisand has been a major talent for more than 50 years. Considering her hesitance to perform live, this is a big deal. I’m curious to learn what exactly she’ll be doing.

  7. Koleś
    January 30, 2013

    Not to mention that she was the first person to complete an EGOT and when she did that she was 28 years old.

  8. Tom Dewey
    January 30, 2013

    Streisand’s live vocal performance will certainly be anticipated by many. Say what you will about her films or her perceived “personality”, the woman is one of the great interpreters of American popular music. She’s right up there with Bennett and Sinatra. She doesn’t always get the respect they get because she is still considered by some as “that female singer who sings those gooey love songs”- but she is indeed much more than that. If people really listened to her last few albums they would hear a mature vocalist creating extraordinary music with great sublety and nuance. I think the audience will respond well to her appearance.

  9. January 30, 2013

    I wonder how the clips from LES MISERABLES are going to hold up against live performances from Adele and Barbra Streisand.

    There’s no doubt in my mind that Seth MacFarlane will be singing too and he has an amazing voice. We might have an actual show on our hands.

  10. Christophe
    January 30, 2013

    @antoinette
    norah jones will be there too for the ted song!

  11. steve50
    January 30, 2013

    Bet she’s doing the In Memoriam – Marvin Hamlisch (The Way We Were) passed away this year (or was it last year?)

  12. Christophe
    January 30, 2013

    @steve50
    I bet she will! I guess she still has a couple decades in front of her until she’s part of the in memoriam segment so it won’t be redundant if she sings during this one.

  13. Yogsss
    January 30, 2013

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  14. keifer
    January 30, 2013

    I thought the same thing when I read this – Streisand performing during the “In Memoroium” segment.

    Adele and Streisand in one show. Should be worth watching.

  15. Glenn UK
    January 30, 2013

    Wow – what a catch – Barbra singing live at the Oscars. She is the best in my eyes – mesmorising. Here is hoping that she does not sing over the in memorium section as all they will focus on at pictures and clips of those who passed and we will not get to see much of Babz!

  16. Zach
    January 30, 2013

    steve50 nailed it. She’ll do a tribute to Marvin Hamlisch, one of the greatest American composers who died last August. He was a rare multiple Oscar winner in one night (especially rare for a non-producer-director-writer) and an even rarer EGOT winner. Whether this is part of the regular In Memoriam, I don’t know. I imagine with Barbra’s ego, she’ll want to be featured heavily (from only her good side) and she’ll want the emphasis on Hamlisch rather than all of the other people featured in the tribute.

    It was a much bigger year for deaths in TV than in film, anyway.

  17. Fabinho Flapp
    January 30, 2013

    WOW MAN!!!! THIS IS A NOTICE!!!!
    Babs is the greatest show woman of our times!
    The only EGOT winner.
    For me, the gratesr female voice, tied whit Billie.
    And anyone must agree, hers snubs for Yentl ans The Prince of Tides were the most serious in all times – even more than Affleck!s snub this year.

  18. Fabinho Flapp
    January 30, 2013

    What will she do?
    A tribut to friend Hamlisch?
    Sing Memory at In Memoriam?

  19. Joseph
    January 30, 2013

    I was thinking she might do the Chasing Ice song instead of ScarJo.

  20. Erik Dias
    January 30, 2013

    Hands down, the greatest talent, male or female of our time. Barbra performed a touching tribute to Marvin Hamlisch (The Way We Were/Through The Eyes Of Love) on her tour of late last year. It is likely she will close the In Memorium segment with this.

  21. Armando
    January 30, 2013

    Streisand’s Tony award was non-competitive, so that’s an EGOT with an asterisk.

  22. keifer
    January 30, 2013

    I’d like to see her do a medley of past Best Song winners.

    You know, including that one song she had to announce as the winner a few years ago, “It’s Hard out Here for a Pimp” from Hustle & Flow.

    Or the “Theme From Shaft” from 1970 or “Talk to the Animals” from 1968! !

    Wouldn’t that be fucking awful?

  23. daveinprogress
    January 30, 2013

    Smart thinking Steve50 and others. Yes, i hope we get a good look at her, it would be odd to great one of the great pop singers of last century and then cover her up with those dearly departed. The Hamlisch must be a segment on its own, which is deserved, considering the strange John Hughes one (not that he wasn’t liked, but they could fill a show with tributes to all the important figures that die each year). Good old Babs.

  24. Buzz
    January 30, 2013

    She didn’t announce the winner for “It’s Hard Out Here For a Pimp” – That was Queen Latifah. she did announce the winner to Eminem for “Lose Yourself”. (who we all know didn’t show up, but would’ve loved to have seen them hug on stage)

  25. keifer
    January 30, 2013

    Buzz, I stand corrected. All I remember is that Striesand looked shocked and a bit embarassed when she made that Best Song announcement. I guess it shows how much of an impact she has (and that particular song hasn’t) on me.

    It would still be a hoot for La Streisand to sing a gangster rap song on the Oscar telecast. Do I detect N.I.G.H.T.M.A.R.E.?

    Seriously, though, regarding her singing during the in memorium segment, I’ll be getting out my handkerchief.

  26. Tony
    January 30, 2013

    Or, she’ll back out at the last minute, and one of the other performers will sing twice. This happened before (in 1997). The double singer was Celine Dion.

  27. Casey
    January 31, 2013

    This is rather exciting – even though I am not a huge fan.
    If I were to choose and EGOT it would be Liza.
    But I will be excited to see what she does.

    Although secretly Im more excited for Adele!

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