Exclusive NEWS: Did Barbra Streisand receive a SAG Life Achievement Award?

Did Barbra Streisand receive a SAG Life Achievement Award?

Did Barbra Streisand receive a SAG Life Achievement Award?

The 39th Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards witnessed a heartfelt tribute to the legendary Barbra Streisand. The iconic singer, actress, and filmmaker was bestowed with the prestigious SAG Life Achievement Award for her remarkable six-decade career in the entertainment industry.

Barbra Streisand was honored for her illustrious six-decade career as an entertainer during Saturday’s SAG Awards when she received the SAG life achievement award.

Self-professed longtime fan Jennifer Aniston presented her with the esteemed honor, calling Streisand a “once-in-a-lifetime” talent and a “mensch,” and reminded the audience that the icon performed her first major concert in 1963, on the same stage in Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium where the SAG Awards were held.

Barbra Streisand receive a SAG

Jennifer Aniston and Bradley Cooper took the stage to introduce Streisand. Aniston, a self-professed longtime fan, shared her admiration for the trailblazing artist. Cooper, known for his role in the 2018 film A Star Is Born (a remake of Streisand’s 1976 version), expressed his honor in presenting the award.

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Aniston went on to summarize just some of Streisand’s groundbreaking achievements, including when she made her debut as Fanny Brice in the musical “Funny Girl,” a role she went on to play on screen and won an Oscar for. She also mentioned Streisand’s record-breaking moment as the first woman to “write, produce, direct and star” in 1983’s “Yentl,” a film for which she became the first woman to win a best director Golden Globe.

Bradley Cooper, who directed and starred in the 2018 update of “A Star is Born” – the 1976 version of which Streisand starred in and won her second Oscar for – also took the stage to honor the EGOT-winner.

To a raucous standing ovation, Streisand strode on stage to accept her honor and spoke about how she remembers “dreaming of being an actress as a teenager, sitting in my bed in Brooklyn with a pint of coffee ice cream and a movie magazine.”

“I wanted to be in the movies even though I knew I didn’t look like the other women on the screen,” she recalled. “My mother said, ‘you better learn how to type,’ but I didn’t listen. Somehow, some way, I was very lucky.”

She continued, “It’s really a privilege to be part of this profession. For a couple of hours, people can sit in a theater and escape their own troubles.” She went on to mention key players of old Hollywood who were Jewish and who fled eastern Europe to escape persecution.

Did Barbra Streisand receive a SAG Life Achievement Award?

“Now I dream of a world where such prejudice is a thing of the past,” she said, alluding to current instances of bigotry throughout the country, as the audience applauded.

As an actor, singer, director and writer, Streisand has brought joy to audiences around the world for decades. She has won two Oscars, eight Grammys, five Emmys and one Tony award throughout her career, making her one of the most legendary EGOT winners to date.

She won her first Oscar in 1969 for her performance as Fanny Brice in the cinematic adaptation of the musical “Funny Girl,” in which she also starred (earning a Tony nod along the way).

In 1977, Streisand made history when she became the first woman to win an original song Oscar for a song she composed, for “Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)” from “A Star is Born,” in which she also starred.

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As the spotlight fell on Streisand, the audience erupted in applause. The 81-year-old legend stepped forward, her eyes glistening with emotion. In a warm and poignant speech, she reflected on her 70-year love affair with the movies. Streisand’s impact on Hollywood, both as an actress and a director, resonated deeply with her fellow actors.

Did Barbra Streisand receive a SAG Life Achievement Award?

“It’s really a privilege to be part of this profession,” Streisand said. Her words echoed through the room, touching hearts and reminding everyone of the enduring power of storytelling. Streisand’s contributions to cinema have left an indelible mark, and her legacy continues to inspire generations.

Aniston and Cooper presented Streisand with a bouquet, symbolizing their admiration and gratitude. The room stood in reverence as Streisand held the award, a testament to her extraordinary journey.

As the SAG Awards celebrated excellence, Streisand’s presence illuminated the night. Her talent, resilience, and passion serve as a beacon for artists everywhere.

Congratulations, Barbra Streisand, on a lifetime of achievement.

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