Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Today in History: The Wizard of Oz Debuts

On Aug. 25, 1939, The Wizard of Oz debuted and Judy Garland shot to fame. The Museum of World Treasures houses a pitchfork used for the filming of the movie on the third floor.

According to History.com's article about the movie today, "Though the scenes in Kansas were shot in traditional black and white, Oz appears in vivid Technicolor, a relatively new film process at the time. Nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Picture category, The Wizard of Oz lost to the Civil War-era epic Gone With the Wind. The Wizard of Oz won a Best Song Oscar for “Over the Rainbow,” which became one of Garland’s signature hits. Garland won a special award at that year’s Oscar ceremony, for Best Juvenile Performer."

Check out today's History.com article to learn more about the history of The Wizard of Oz.

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