- Written by Ivey Brent Laminack Ivey Brent Laminack
- Category: Movies Movies
- Published: 13 March 2014 13 March 2014
I watched the 2014 Academy awards the other night. The president of the Academy made a big deal about one of their four goals being to preserve the history of film. They then did a tribute to The Wizard of Oz since it was the 75th anniversary of the film and Liza Manelli was in attendance.
What a shame they're ignorant of history or deliberately twisted it for their own goals.
Yes, it is the 75th anniversary of the release of Oz. But 1939 wasn't known as the year of The Wizard of Oz. Most records show that Oz was only the 8th largest draw of the year. 1939 has always been known as Hollywood's Golden Year with pictures like Goodbye Mr. Chips, Babes in Arms (also starring Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney), the great Capra-corn feature Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Women, Gunga Din, Ninotchka, and oh, yes, argubaly the highest-grossing film of all time: Gone With the Wind. At least half these films get better ratings on imdb.com than Oz. But none of the rest of these films were even hinted at during the Oscars. I guess GWTW isn't politically correct anymore, especially considering who was giving the Adacemy's speech.
I'm just extremely disapponted that the Academy though giving lip-service to preserving history decided to turn its back on it.