How Many Oscars Has Barbra Streisand Been Nominated for and Won?

Actress and singer Barbra Streisand’s talents have been recognized so many times, she’s become an award show fixture. She’s walked the Academy Awards red carpet many times but how many times has she gone home with an Oscar? Keep reading to learn the answer.

How many Academy Awards nominations does Barbra Streisand have?

Streisand’s singing career began when she moved to Manhattan from Brooklyn after she graduated from high school. She sang in nightclubs and after building a following, got a part in the 1962 Broadway musical, “ I Can Get It For You Wholesale.”

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Barbra Streisand stands ready to start a scene in the movie “Yentl” circa 1983. | Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

From there she went on to get other Broadway roles, such as “Funny Girl,” as well as a recording contract and film roles (A film adaption of “Funny Girl” premiered in the 1960s and marked Streisand’s first movie role).

Below is a list of Streisand’s three Academy Award nominations, according to IMDb:

  • 1974: Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in the 1973 film, “The Way We Were.”
  • 1992: Best Picture for the 1991 film, “The Prince of Tides.” Streisand shared the nomination with Andrew S. Karsch.
  • 1997: Best Original Song for “I’ve Finally Found Someone,” featured in the 1996 film, The Mirror Has Two Faces. Streisand shared the nomination with Marvin Hamlisch, Bryan Adams, and Robert John Lange.

Aside from her personal Oscar nominations, Streisand’s three films which she directed have earned a combined total of 14 Academy Award nominations.

How many times has Barbra Streisand won an Academy Award?

Streisand has won two Academy Awards. She won her first Oscar in 1969 for her role as Fanny Brice in the 1968 film, Funny Girl. Streisand starred in the feature film and its predecessor on Broadway.

Spike Lee and Barbra Streisand
Spike Lee, winner of Adapted Screenplay for ”BlacKkKlansman,’ and Barbra Streisand attend the 91st Annual Academy Awards Governors Ball at Hollywood and Highland on February 24, 2019, in Hollywood, California. | Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Nine years later Streisand won another Academy Award. This time she won in the Best Original Song category for  “Evergreen” from the film, A Star Is Born. Streisand’s win made her the first woman to win an Academy Award for composing music, according to Oscars.org. She shared the award with Paul Williams.

Streisand on her first Academy Award win: ‘I was kind of a mess’

What’s interesting about Streisand’s first Oscar win is that she tied with Katharine Hepburn in the Best Actress in a Leading Role category. Streisand recounted winning her first Academy Award with Variety.

“First I was in shock because I think it was her name first, so I thought ‘Okay that’s good, she was wonderful in that movie, Katharine Hepburn’ and then they said my name and I was tongue-tied,” Streisand told Variety.

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“So I had to take out my gum and put it on the bottom of the chair and think about what the h*ll I was going to say and rushing to the stage, tripping on my long pants, pants that were too long and a top you could see through when the lights are on it, so I was kind of a mess, but it was lovely to receive an Academy Award, I must say.”

Streisand’s other awards

Streisand has won many other awards besides an Academy Award. In fact, she’s the only person to ever receive the following awards: Tony, Emmy, Oscar, Golden Globe, Cable Ace, National Endowment for the Arts, Peabody award, American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement award, and the Chaplin Award given by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.