January 20, 2017

“Wizard of Oz” turns 71, earns serious Internet love


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: You might find yourself following the Yellow Brick Road as you trip through cyberspace this morning.

The reason for these “Oz” online happenings? Victor Fleming’s beloved musical masterpiece turns 71, prompting several popular sites to dedicate valuable space to “Oz.”

Google, for instance, has a “Wizard of Oz” graphic adorning its search-engine home page. The Guardian has collected 71 facts you might not have known about “Oz.” (For instance, were you aware that the actors playing Munchkins earned $50 a week, while the dog playing Toto took home $125 a week?!) And MTV’s “Wake-Up” video this morning is an Oz-inspired video for De La Soul’s “Oooh.” You haven’t lived until you’ve seen the Wicked Witch of the West melted after being sprayed by a bottle of Cristal.

“The Wizard of Oz” came out in 1939. It won two Oscars (for music and song), but lost Best Picture to Fleming’s other picture, “Gone With the Wind.”

Celebrate “Oz” this morning somehow. Click the links. Pop the movie into your nearest player and journey once again with Dorothy to a whimsical place over the rainbow. And pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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