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Oscars 2013: Barbra Streisand closes out 'In Memoriam' tribute with 'The Way We Were'

And, just like that, everyone is sobbing

By Kate Erbland Feb 24, 2013 10:19PM

The ever-emotional and occasionally controversial "In Memoriam" tribute at this year's Oscar ceremony ended with a remembrance of Oscar-winning composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch, winner of three Oscars and a stirring pick to close out the tribute. As the presentation wound down, no less than Barbra Streisand emerged on stage to honor Hamlisch, who won two of his Oscars for her film "The Way We Were."


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Streisand went on to perform a stunning, heartfelt version of "The Way We Were," perfectly timed to the tribute and guaranteed to leave not a dry eye in the house. It was, perhaps, one of the best "In Memoriam" close-outs in recent Oscar history.


Hamlisch was also a member of the prestigious "EGOT" club, having won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony. He also won two Golden Globes and a Pulitzer, just for good measure. Hamlisch passed away in August at age sixty-eight.


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37Comments
Feb 25, 2013 2:03AM
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Barbara did a great job, and simply honored Hamlisch, without drawing attention to herself.
Feb 24, 2013 11:38PM
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I know that every in memoriam misses deserving people but to forget Andy Griffith (FACE IN THE CROWD) Larry Hagman (FAIL SAFE) and Harry Carey Jr (Virtually every John Ford Western) was truely insulting.

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A very well done pertormance by the one and only Barbara Streisand. She payed tribute to Marvin Hamlisch who worte many and conducted many scores for movies, televsion, and of course Broadway. Barbara Streisand is one of my favorite female singers. She can still sing some pretty great hits of hers including the title song for the "Way We Were" in which she starred in with Robert Redford back in 1974. It was a wonderful tribute to Marvin Hamlisch who is a great composer and arranger.
Feb 25, 2013 2:46AM
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To me, it was the highlight of the Oscar evening...

 

Feb 25, 2013 7:01AM
Feb 25, 2013 7:13AM
Feb 25, 2013 9:30AM
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I have to say that i was naively surprised/stunned at the outstanding performance from Barbra Streisand ..i truly thought she was too old to perform like she did...WRONG

I wished they included Andy Griffith....he was SO MUCH MORE than the old Andy Griffith Show....check out his movies....outstanding performances.

I wished Sally Fields won SOMETHING....i love the woman...she is a class act...
Feb 25, 2013 10:04AM
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Barbara Striesand's performance was a beautiful tribute to a great composer. Perfect choice and timing.
Feb 25, 2013 10:02AM
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I thought Babs was wonderful!!  Love her!
Feb 25, 2013 1:16AM
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Ms. Streisand sang beautifully.  She sounded just like she did when she was young.  I was disappointed with the "In Memoriam."  Many deceased actors were not mentioned, and just like the year before, most of the deceased mentioned were "behind-the-scenes" people, mostly unknown to the public.  Perhaps the Academy should have two "In Memoriam" segments--one during the technical awards presentation and the other during the main telecast featuring mainly actors.
Feb 25, 2013 10:04AM
Feb 25, 2013 10:02AM
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Babs can still sing for sure, but the producers missed the boat by failing to honor the memory of

too many... we all know why. 

Feb 25, 2013 9:57AM
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The song was Memories, not The Way We Were. And I agree too many wonderfully talented people were omitted from the memoriam. What a shame!
Feb 25, 2013 8:50PM
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Barbra is without a doubt the best voice singer in the world! Simply the greatest of all she is!

What else can be said about this great talent who just keeps on being better and better and better.......like butta.....she's the best! I love her! I love her voice! Noone will EVER come close to this greatness. A wonderful beautiful women that god blessed us with!!!! LOVE YOU BARBRA!

Feb 25, 2013 7:35AM
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Watched on DirecTV and the sound kept cutting in and out on every musical number.  So disappointed to miss so much of Barbra's singing, not to mention how annoying it was. 
Feb 25, 2013 2:18PM
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I always enjoy this part, usually better than other parts of the show. It reminds us of those departed who we sincerely appreciated for their art. Ernest Borgnine my wife and I especially

liked. It was a big oversight to not mention Larry Hagman and Andy Griffith. Well done Barbra.

Feb 25, 2013 6:49PM
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Loved Streisand, I cried it was so touching. 
Feb 25, 2013 6:07PM
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Barbra was simply stunning . both in her appearance and her performance; love her singing; would love to hear and see more of her; to me, she was the highlight of the show!! McFarland was a terrible host; and agree that some actors were left out in memorial; 
Feb 26, 2013 1:50AM
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Streisand gave a beautifully tasteful performance. It's interesting to see the different approach she

used adjusting her singing to accommodate her lower vocal range ( a natural by-product of getting

older ).

Feb 25, 2013 2:34PM
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I think it is time the corruption and politics be removed form the the oscars! since there inception it is obviously political and fixed in many cases. As for the "Memoriam" what disgrace not to mention the obvious losses and to include people no one ever heard of. That should be a separate segment.

 

Want proof: the most obvious of all the oversights to put it nicely...was Henry Fonda's Oscar. On his death bed for On Golden Pond??? great movie but about 30 years to late!!!

 

Or John Wayne for True Grit? Did the Academy ever see The Quiet Man??? I could go on for ever!

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