The Oscars, set for March 2, will honor the “The Wizard of
Oz,” a best picture nominee in 1939 and celebrating its 75th
anniversary in 2014, as part of the show.
Musical-loving show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron
stated of “Wizard,” which nabbed six Oscar nominations and won two for Original
Score and Song in the year of its release:
“We are delighted to celebrate the birthday of one of
the most beloved movies of all time at this year’s Oscars.”
The birthday party has been going on for a few months now,
with last fall’s stunning 3D IMAX re-release of the film. Aljean Harmetz’
seminal book on the film’s production, “The Making of the Wizard of Oz,” also
had a revised re-publication in late 2013. It’s a must-read, with tales of the
elaborate casting process, the party-happy Munchkins, and the many costuming,
makeup and director change-ups the film went through to become what we know
today; TOH! included it in our holiday gift guide.