Barbra Streisand to sing at Oscars, 36 years after first performance

Back in time to the 1977 Academy Awards

Barbra Streisand performing at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn in Oct. 2012. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Barbra Streisand will be back on stage at the Academy Awards this year, in a rather late encore performance 36 years after she sang the theme from A Star Is Born in 1977.

Here’s what it looked like then, when Streisand performed with John Denver and won her own Oscar for best original song for the A Star Is Born theme “Evergreen.” (The announcer is speaking Portuguese, but you get the idea.)

After that little trip back in time, here’s what else happened at the 1977 Oscars:

  • Rocky took home the prize for best picture. An open-shirted Sylvester Stallone accepted the award, saying: “To all the Rockies in the world, I love ya.” (The best picture award was presented by a much-younger Jack Nicholson.)
  • Network, which laments the state of the news industry (some things never change), cleaned up. Peter Finch won best actor, Faye Dunaway took best actress and Beatrice Straight won best supporting actress.
  • Jason Robards won best actor for his role in All the President’s Men

Streisand, now 70, also won an Oscar for best actress in Funny Girl in 1968.

There is no word on what she will perform at the Academy Awards on Feb. 24, 2013, but Streisand will join already-confirmed singing stars Adel and Norah Jones.

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