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Barbra Streisand, Charlize Theron and Kathy Bates Added to Oscar Roster

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 3rd 2010 9:00AM
barbra_streisand_vanity_fair_with_cameraThis week they started revealing some of the stars who'll be presenting at Sunday night's Oscar broadcast on ABC, and at the top of the list were three former Oscar winning actresses, Barbra Streisand, Charlize Theron and Kathy Bates. Also on the roster will be Queen Latifah, Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta.

Nikki Finke's Deadline.com column has a major spoiler about the opening of the show. If you don't want to know, avoid the last paragraph below.

There's an interesting angle on Barbra Streisand's appearance on the show. Speculation is that Streisand will be presenting Best Director, which insiders say is a lock for Kathryn Bigelow.

Kathryn Bigelow, who directed 'The Hurt Locker,' has already won the Directors Guild Award, which has about a 95% accuracy correlation. There have been only a few times when the DGA winner doesn't also get the Oscar. Bigelow will be the first woman to ever win the Oscar for Best Director.

So, if Bigelow is a sure thing, Streisand giving her the Oscar is karmic justice of a sort. Streisand has two Oscars -- for 'Funny Girl' as Best Actress in 1968, and one as the composer of the Best Song of 1976, "Evergreen" -- but was snubbed for her direction of "Yentl" in 1983 and again for "The Prince of Tides" in 1991. For "Yentl," there were actually protesters outside the venue with signs that read, "Oscar, Can You Hear Me?" For "Tides," Billy Crystal quipped in song that the Best Picture nominee had directed itself.

Streisand would be proud to be part of history by giving Bigelow the prize, and that's likely why she's going to be there.

Now, for the spoiler: the opening will be a song and dance number by 'How I Met Your Mother' favorite Neil Patrick Harris and Broadway star/former 'Saturday Night Live'/Ed Grimley Martin Short. Sounds like the perfect way to kick off the night!

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From NPH's official Twitter account:

"I will not be performing a duet with Martin Short to open the Oscars. Misinformation, I'm afraid. Should I maybe pull a Kanye, mid-show?"

March 03 2010 at 11:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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