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Big Oscar 2013 Comeback: Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand James BrolinBarbra Streisand: Oscar 2013 performer (Photo: Barbra Streisand and James Brolin at the 2005 Academy Awards ceremony)

Barbra Streisand, a two-time Academy Award winner, will sing at the 2013 Oscar ceremony on February 24, 2013. According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences press release, Streisand has only performed once at the Oscars, nearly 36 years ago. On the March 28, 1977, telecast, she sang the Oscar-nominated song "Evergreen" from A Star Is Born, which she herself composed with Paul Williams. (See also: "Director Barbra Streisand Returns in 2013.") (Barbra Streisand and James Brolin at the 2005 Academy Awards ceremony photo: © Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.)

"In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music," Oscarcast 2013 producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are quoted as saying, "how could the telecast be complete without Barbra Streisand?" Now, what exactly Streisand is going to sing remains a mystery — perhaps one more intriguing than whether or not Ben Affleck’s Argo will beat both Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook for the Best Picture Oscar. (See also: "Women Bypassed by the Honorary Oscars.")

Barbra Streisand at the Oscars

Barbra Streisand has attended quite a few Oscar ceremonies in the last 45 years or so. So far this century, Streisand presented Robert Redford with an Honorary Oscar in 2002 and handed the Best Director Oscar to The Hurt Locker’s Kathryn Bigelow in 2010. Also, she and Dustin Hoffman handed Clint Eastwood and his fellow producers the 2005 Best Picture Academy Award for Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby. (See also: "Barbra Streisand / The Guilt Trip at the Box Office.")

And Barbra Streisand was certainly in attendance when she made history at the 1969 Academy Awards ceremony. For starters, Streisand won a Best Actress Oscar for her first feature film, William Wyler’s Funny Girl. That in itself is remarkable, of course, but Streisand’s "history making" was a result of her tying with veteran Katharine Hepburn, who also won for Anthony Harvey’s The Lion in Winter. (See also: "Barbra Streisand in Restored Funny Girl.")

Barbra Streisand’s second Oscar was for "Evergreen." She was nominated a second time in the Best Actress category, for Sydney Pollack’s The Way We Were (1973). Additionally, she was nominated for producing the 1991 Best Picture nominee The Prince of Tides (1991), which she also directed and in which she played the female lead opposite Nick Nolte; and for co-writing the original song "I Finally Found Someone" from The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996), which she also directed and in which she played the female lead opposite Jeff Bridges. (See also: "Yentl and The Prince of Tides: Barbra Streisand and the Biggest Oscar Snubs in History.")

Oscar 2013 ceremony

To date, the other confirmed Oscar 2013 performers are Adele, who’ll sing the theme song from the Sam Mendes / Daniel Craig James Bond flick Skyfall, and Norah Jones, who’ll perform “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from Seth MacFarlane’s Ted.

The Academy Awards 2013 ceremony will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. Seth MacFarlane, himself an Oscar nominee for co-composing the Ted tune, will host the event.

Barbra Streisand and James Brolin at the 2005 Academy Awards ceremony photo: © Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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