Jennifer Aniston Grew Up Listening to Barbra Streisand, and Tonight Got to Present Her with a Lifetime Achievement Award

The crowd at the Screen Actors Guild Awards was emotional as Streisand accepted the honor.

Barbra Streisand, Jennifer Aniston, Bradley Cooper at the 2024 SAG Awards
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Did you know that everybody loves Barbra Streisand? Iconic living legend, multi-hyphenate to end all multi-hyphenates, and new recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award, given to her at the 2024 Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony.

Jennifer Aniston—every celebrity's coolest friend—presented Streisand with her Lifetime Achievement Award alongside a fellow A Star Is Born-er (of a different era), Bradley Cooper. And wouldn't you know it, everyone in Hollywood is a Big Time Fan of Barbra Streisand.

Barbra Streisand at the 2024 SAG Awards

Babs is never not extremely expressive.

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Earlier, during an interview with PEOPLE, Aniston—who's really into presenting her celebrity friends with Big Time Awards of late, like her bud Adam Sandler at the People's Choice Awards last Sunday—explained her love of Streisand and why she was so thrilled to present her with the award. "There's no one that compares to her," she said. "She paved the way for a lot of us women, all of us, actually."

The singer/actor/director/writer/producer's music and films were "in my house since I could remember," Aniston added. "I just heard that voice… there’s nothing like her."

Barbra Streisand at the 2024 SAG Awards

Babs and Jen hug at the 2024 SAG Awards

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And the rest of Hollywood is in TOTAL agreement, based on the sheer joy and emotional output from so many people in the audience. The tears! The TEARS! Everyone was emoting some Big Time Feelings: Joey King was crying. Oprah was teary. Meryl was misty-eyed. Sheryl Lee Ralph had a watery eye (or two). And Anne Hathaway was straight-up sobbing as she stood and clapped.

Man, everyone sure does love this Barbra Streisand lady, don't they?

Yes, invisible hypothetical person asking the above question, everyone truly does. Because she was the first woman to make the sort of career she had—one where you can truly do it all—possible for women.

And...apparently Jennifer Aniston one time kissed her at midnight on New Year's Eve, which is the sort of mega-flex that you'd be hard-pressed to one-up.

Alicia Lutes
Freelance Writer

Alicia Lutes is a freelance writer, essayist, journalist, humorist, and screenwriter based in Los Angeles. She has written extensively on culture, entertainment, the craft of comedy, and mental health. Her work has been featured in places such as Vulture, Playboy, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, MTV, Cosmopolitan, Rotten Tomatoes, Bustle, Longreads, and more. She was also the creator/former host of the web series Fangirling, and currently fosters every single dog she can.