"Wizard Of Oz" to be celebrated at Oscars

January 29th, 2014

The Oscars will celebrate the 75th anniversary of 'Wizard Of Oz'.

The iconic musical adventure film starring the late Judy Garland - which received six nominations in 1939 - will be given a special tribute at the 86th Academy Awards which will take place on March 2 in Los Angeles.

Show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said: ''We are delighted to celebrate the birthday of one of the most beloved movies of all time at this year's Oscars.''

'Wizard Of Oz' - based on L. Frank Baum's classic children's novel - won two Oscars for Best Original Score and Best Song at the 12th Academy Awards but narrowly missed out on Best Picture to civil war love story, 'Gone With the Wind'.

The fantasy tale, tells the story of Dorothy a young girl who finds herself in the mystical world of Oz where she embarks on an adventure with her new pals The Lion, The Scarecrow and The Tin Man in hopes of returning home to Kansas.

Over the years the story has seen numerous reincarnations in the form of a Broadway musical and 'The Wiz' an African American adaptation of the Broadway show, which later starred Michael Jackson and Diana Ross in the 1978 film remake.