In advance of the 30th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards the union has announced icon Barbra Streisand as its 59th recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award. As SAG-AFTRA’s highest tribute, the honor is meant to highlight the EGOT-winning actor, singer, producer, writer, director and recent memorist’s career achievements and humanitarian accomplishments, and will be presented to Streisand at the 2024 SAG Awards taking place at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall on Saturday, February 24.

“Barbra Streisand is an icon and unparalleled talent, a force of nature who has seamlessly woven her brilliance through the fabric of our industry. From her earliest days captivating audiences on Broadway to her unforgettable roles in cinematic classics like ‘Funny Girl,’ ‘The Way We Were,’ and ‘A Star Is Born,’ Barbra’s ability to inhabit her characters with authenticity is nothing short of extraordinary,” said SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher via statement. “Her enduring career is a testament to her genuine performances, connecting with audiences on a profound level. She is a colossal icon with a relentless work ethic, evolving with each stage of her remarkable journey. We celebrate Barbra Streisand not just for her achievements but for the enduring legacy she has carved.”

In response to the announcement, Streisand said, “Ever since I was a young girl sitting in the Loew’s Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, I dreamed of being one of those actresses I saw on the screen. The movies were a portal to a world I could only imagine. Even though I was an unlikely candidate, somehow my dream came true. This award is especially meaningful to me because it comes from my fellow actors, whom I so admire.”

The SAG Life Achievement Award going to the “Yentl” and “The Prince of Tides” filmmaker comes at a time of great change for SAG-AFTRA and its awards body. Not only is the organization coming out of the strikes with a historic new deal with the AMPTP, but the SAG Awards have also officially moved their broadcast home over to streaming.

The 2024 SAG Awards will stream live on Netflix on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, at 8 p.m. ET.

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