Lions, Tigers, Bears, & Oscar®! Academy Honors Wizard of Oz

Wizard of Oz to be honored at the Academy Awards
This year’s Oscar® ceremony will double as a birthday party for one of the most celebrated films in American cinema. The Wizard of Oz turns 75 this year and to celebrate the occasion the Academy will be honoring the film during the award’s show this March.

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, producers of the Oscars®, made the announcement. “We are delighted to celebrate the birthday of one of the most beloved movies of all time at this year’s Oscars.”

The Wizard of Oz, while nominated for six awards at the 1939 Academy Awards, was all but overshadowed by the other huge breakthrough film that was released that year: Gone With the Wind. While Judy Garland was given a special award for her “outstanding performance as a screen juvenile” and “Over the Rainbow” and the score were given awards, the night belonged to Tara. Gone With the Wind swept the show winning eight awards.

I love that the Academy has decided to pay tribute to a film that never really got a chance to shine on its award night. No word on exactly HOW the celebration will be incorporated into the show. I vote for host Ellen DeGeneres to make an entrance on a yellow brick road wearing ruby slippers.

Best Song for The Wizard of Oz

Image Credit: Official Oscars® Google+

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