STREISAND TO SING AT OSCARS AGAIN
“In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music, how could the telecast be complete without Barbra Streisand?” That remark from this year’s Oscars producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron was included in a news release today (Wednesday) announcing that Streisand will perform at the Academy Awards ceremony for the first time since 1977, when she sang the love theme from A Star Is Born, which won her the Oscar for best original song that night. Saying that the annual telecast “celebrates the artistry of movies and music” might be considered somewhat of a stretch, given producers’ increasing tendency to cut production costs by employing prerecorded music and studios’ virtual abandonment of the kind of elaborate musicals that brought Streisand worldwide fame in such films as Funny Girl, Funny Lady, Hello, Dolly!, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, and A Star is Born. (This year’s Les Misérables is a conspicuous exception.) The Academy did not say which song Streisand will sing during the Feb. 24 telecast. The original song nominees include “Before My Time” from Chasing Ice, “Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi, “Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from Ted, “Skyfall” from Skyfall, and “Suddenly” from Les Misérables. It was previously announced that Adele will perform her Oscar-nominated theme from Skyfall and that Norah Jones will sing the nominated song from Ted. Jennifer Hudson is also slated to sing one of the nominated songs, and in recent days there has been considerable speculation that they’ll be joined by Beyoncé or Catherine Zeta-Jones.