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

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 28, 2014 at 1:01PM

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.
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The Wizard of Oz

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.

This article is related to: Awards, Awards Season Roundup, Academy Awards, Awards, Oscars, The Wizard of Oz


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.