Barbara Streisand’s Oscars Performance A Tribute To Marvin Hamlisch [Video]

Barbara Streisand’s Oscars performance was a beautiful tribute to late composer Marvin Hamlisch. Streisand sang “The Way We Were” right after the In Memoriam segment of the show.

The track was the title of Streisand’s 1973 film with Robert Redford. It won the composer an Oscar for Best Original Score.

Streisand was also nominated as Best Actress for her role in the movie, while the tunesmith won a Grammy for the song, reports The New York Post.

The soundtrack also enjoyed time on the Billboard hits charts. Hamlisch died suddenly on August 6, 2012. His death was initially a mystery, but was attributed to lung failure.

The respiratory failure happened in mere minutes and was caused by oxygen failing to reach his brain and high blood pressure, notes The Daily Mail.

The 68-year-old composer long suffered from hypertension and had sustained brain damage when oxygen failed to reach the organ. After the In Memoriam montage to the industry’s friends who were lost in the last year, Barbara Streisand took to the Oscars stage and said:

“Marvin Hamlisch was a composer of extraordinary depth and versatility. He was also a very kind and generous friend who could always make me laugh. Over the years, we shared many adventures together. Marvin left us way too soon, but I’ll always have those wonderful, wonderful memories.”

She then launched into “The Way We Were,” as a way of remembering the good times with Hamlisch. The In Memoriam section also saw famous names like Michael Clarke Duncan, who tragically died of a heart attack last summer.

Check out Barbara Streisand’s Oscars performance below.