The Wizard Of Oz Part Eleven
This film The Wizard Of Oz, has a life of it’s own, in The Wizard Of Oz Part Eleven, I’ll be typing about it’s awards, which is a long list of honors, as well.
Awards and honors
Date of ceremony
February 29, 1940
Best Cinematography, Color
Best Art Direction
Cedric Gibbons and William A. Horning
Best Effects, Special Effects
A. Arnold Gillespie and Douglas Shearer
Best Music, Original Score
Best Music, Original Song
“Over the Rainbow”
Music by Harold Arlen; Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Academy Juvenile Award
For her outstanding performance as a screen juvenile during the past year. (She was jointly awarded for her performances in Babes in Arms and The Wizard of Oz).
American Film Institute lists
The American Film Institute (AFI) has compiled various lists which include this film or elements thereof.
* AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies – No. 6
* AFI’s 100 Years…100 Thrills – No. 43
* AFI’s 100 Years…100 Heroes & Villains:
* Wicked Witch of the West – No. 4 villain
* AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs:
* “Over the Rainbow” – No. 1
* “Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead” – No. 82
* AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movie Quotes:
* “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” (Dorothy Gale) – No. 4
* “There’s no place like home.” (Dorothy) – No. 23
* “I’ll get you, my pretty – and your little dog, too!” (Wicked Witch of the West) – No. 99
* AFI’s Greatest Movie Musicals – No. 3
* AFI’s 100 Years…100 Cheers – No. 26
* AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition) – No. 10
* AFI’s 10 Top 10 – No. 1 Fantasy film
* 1999: Rolling Stone’s 100 Maverick Movies – No. 20.
* 1999: Entertainment Weekly’s 100 Greatest Films – No. 32.
* 2000: The Village Voice’s 100 Best Films of the 20th Century – No. 14.
* 2002: Sight & Sound’s Greatest Film Poll of Directors – No. 41.
* 2005: Total Film’s 100 Greatest Films – No. 83.
* 2005: ranked among the top ten of the BFI list of the 50 films you should see by the age of 14.
* 2007: Total Film’s 23 Weirdest Films – No. 1.
* 2007: The Observer ranked the film’s songs and music at the top of its list of 50 greatest film soundtracks.
Differences from the novel
Roughly 40 identifiable major differences exist between the original book and the MGM movie interpretation.
Sequels and reinterpretations
The Wizard of Oz was dramatized as a one-hour radio play on Lux Radio Theatre, which was broadcast on December 25, 1950, with Judy Garland reprising her earlier role. In 1964, a one-hour animated cartoon called Return to Oz was shown as an afternoon weekend special on NBC. An official 1974 sequel, the animated Journey Back to Oz starring Liza Minnelli, daughter of Judy Garland, was produced to commemorate the original film’s 35th anniversary.
In 1975, the stage show The Wiz premiered on Broadway. It was an African American version of The Wizard of Oz reworked for the stage. It starred Stephanie Mills and other Broadway stars and earned Tony awards. The play’s financing was handled by actor Geoffrey Holder. The play inspired revivals after it left the stage and an unsuccessful motion picture made in 1978, starring Diana Ross as Dorothy and Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow.
In 1985, Walt Disney Productions released the live action fantasy film Return to Oz, which starred (and introduced) Fairuza Balk as a young Dorothy Gale. Based loosely on The Marvelous Land of Oz (1904) and Ozma of Oz (1907), it fared rather poorly with critics who were unfamiliar with the Oz books and wasn’t successful in the box office, although it has since become a popular cult film, with many considering it a more loyal and faithful adaptation of what L. Frank Baum envisioned.
In 1995, Gregory Maguire published the novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, which was adapted into the Broadway musical Wicked. The story describes the life of the Wicked Witch and other events prior to Dorothy’s arrival.
For the film’s 56th anniversary, a 1987 stage show also titled The Wizard of Oz was based upon the 1939 film and the book by L. Frank Baum. It toured from 1995 to 2012, except for 2004.
In 2005, The Muppets Studio produced The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz, a television film for ABC, starring Ashanti as Dorothy, Jeffrey Tambor as the Wizard, David Alan Grier as Uncle Henry, and Queen Latifah as Aunt Em. Kermit the Frog portrayed the Scarecrow, Gonzo portrayed the Tin Thing (Tin Man), Fozzie Bear portrayed the Lion, and Miss Piggy portrayed all the Witches of the West, East, North, and South.
In 2007, Syfy released the miniseries Tin Man, a science fiction continuation starring Zooey Deschanel as DG.
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice wrote a musical based on the film, which is also titled The Wizard of Oz. The musical opened in 2011 at the West End’s London Palladium. It features all of the songs from the film plus new songs written by Lloyd Webber and Rice. Lloyd Webber also found Danielle Hope to play Dorothy on the reality show, Over the Rainbow. Another production of the musical opened in December 2012 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto. A reality TV show, also titled Over the Rainbow, found a Canadian girl, Danielle Wade, to play the role of Dorothy. The Canadian production then began a North American tour in September 2013.
An animated film called Tom and Jerry and the Wizard of Oz was released in 2011 by Warner Home Video, incorporating Tom and Jerry into the story as Dorothy’s “protectors”. A sequel titled Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz was released on DVD on June 21, 2016.
Writer-director Hugh Gross’s independent film After the Wizard, produced in 2010, relates events after those of the film. It was released to DVD on August 7, 2012.
In 2013, Walt Disney Pictures released a spiritual prequel titled, Oz the Great and Powerful. It was directed by Sam Raimi, and starred James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams. It was the second film based on Baum’s Oz series to be produced by Disney, after Return to Oz. The film was a commercial success and received a mixed critical reception.
A musical animated film, Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return was released on May 9, 2014.