Better Midler appeared on stage at the 86th Academy Awards following the show’s annual In Memoriam segment to sing her heart-wrenching classic, “Wind Beneath My Wings.”

Bette Midler's Oscar Performance

Midler, as elegant as ever, graced the Oscars with her legendary talent. The 68-year-old singer and actress took to the stage in a custom Alaia gown paired with Christian Louboutin shoes. Belting out the emotional ballad, Midler appeared to tear up, while leaving few dry eyes in the audience. At the end of the performance, she received an enthusiastic standing ovation.

The standing ovation caused Midler, a three-time Grammy winner and two-time Oscar nominee, to feel like an Olympian.

Among those honored during the In Memoriam tribute, introduced by Glenn Close, were Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, Peter O’Toole, Paul Walker, Shirley Temple and Soprano’s star James Gandolfini. Sid Caesar, Roger Ebert, Joan Fontaine and Annette Funicello were honored as well.

– Chelsea Regan

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