This strikes me as, at best, a half-baked idea: in addition to the theme of "heroes" for this year's ceremony, the Oscars will also feature a tribute to "The Wizard of Oz" to mark the 75th anniversary of its release. (Well, sort of: it was an August release.) ”We are delighted to celebrate the birthday of one of the most beloved movies of all time at this year’s Oscars,” say producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Still, why single out just one film from 1939, widely perceived as Hollywood's annus mirabilis? And why not wait until next year, the 75th anniversary of the 1939 ceremony, and do a more considered tribute to the Oscar class of that year, including "Oz," "Gone With the Wind," "Stagecoach" and so on? Just a thought. [Deadline]
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