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Oscars to Honor 75th Anniversary of ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ 1939 Best Picture Nominee

Oscars to Honor 75th Anniversary of 'The Wizard of Oz,' 1939 Best Picture Nominee

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.

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