Barbra Streisand Oscars Performance Honors Marvin Hamlisch

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Barbra Streisand made her return to the Oscars stage last night.

The reason? To deliver a touching tribute to a dear friend.

Following the In Memoriam montage, which concluded with composer Marvin Hamlisch, Barbra took to the stage dressed in a black and gold gown, saying:

"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 so many adventures together. Marvin left us way too soon, but I'll always have those wonderful, wonderful memories."

The legendary EGOT winner then launched into song with "The Way We Were," which she collaborated on with one other than Hamlisch.

Between this and Shirley Bassey's performance of "Goldfinger," the crowd and home audience were treated to a few unexpectedly powerful efforts.

How do you think they did? What was your favorite moment from the Oscars? If you missed it, check out the full list of 2013 Academy Awards winners.

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Horrible Gown ... Horrible Performance ... Voice was raspy...

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@ mhp

Tell that to the live audience who immediately lept to their feet before Streisand even ended her song, and gave her the longest ovation of the evening. Unfortunately, this was not shown on television, but photographs, tweets, and accounts from the audience corroborate this.

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I love the Barbra Streisand moment. Shi Is the best. Hamlisch, RIP

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Marvin Hamlisch was the EGOT winner, not Barbra Streisand.

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@ SRK

No, Streisand is an EGOT winner. She has won five Emmy Awards including one Daytime Emmy, nine Grammy Awards, two Oscar Awards, and a 1970 Tony Award as "Star of the Decade".

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Miss Streisand should retire now. Her voice sounded terrible last night!