Barbra Streisand to perform during Oscars ceremony for first time in 36 years

By Daniel S Levine,

For the first time in 36 years, the great Barbra Streisand will perform at the Oscars.

The Academy and producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron made the announcement this morning. It’s the first time she will sing at the Oscars since the 1977 ceremony, when she performed the love theme for A Star Is Born. That night, she also won another Oscar for Evergreen.

“In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music,” Zadan and Meron said in a statement. “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 is a two-time Oscar winner, winning her first in 1969 for Best Actress for Funny Girl. She was also nominated for her performance in The Way We Were and for co-producing 1991’s The Prince of Tides. She also scored a nomination for “I Finally Found Someone” from The Mirror Has Two Faces.

Streisand made her return to movies in 2012 with The Guilt Trip, which co-starred Seth Rogen.

Zadan and Meron are definitely bringing music back to the forefront at this year’s Oscars. Adele was already confirmed to perform the James Bond theme “Skyfall,” while Nora Jones was picked to sing “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from host Seth MacFarlane’s Ted.

In addition to a James Bond tribute, Zadan and Meron will also honor modern musicals, including Les Miserables, Chicago and Dream Girls.

The 85th Academy awards are set for Feb. 24 on ABC.



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