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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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Feb 25, 2013 2:03AM
Barbara did a great job, and simply honored Hamlisch, without drawing attention to herself.
Feb 25, 2013 1:16AM
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 24, 2013 11:38PM

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.

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.
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