We’re Off to See the Wizard… at the 2014 Oscars

Dorothy, Toto, and the rest of The Wizard of Oz gang will follow the yellow brick road all the way to Hollywood to be honored at this year’s Oscars for the film’s 75th anniversary.

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The film was nominated for 6 Oscars in 1939 (including best picture) and won 2 Academy Awards for best song and score.

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Adapted from L. Frank Baum’s treasured novel, the film was directed by Victor Fleming and is considered by many to be one of the greatest and most-beloved films of all time.

wizard of oz laughing ← They certainly seem to think so.

Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master, is the full-length, definitive biography of this legendary director written by Michael Sragow and is available from UPK at this link:

http://kentuckypress.com/live/title_detail.php?titleid=3643#.Uvka2M7DWD0

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Now available in paperback, Sragow describes Fleming’s many timeless works including Gone with the Wind, Joan of Arc, and, of course, The Wizard of Oz.

Excerpted from Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master by Michael Sragow

In The Wizard of Oz, [Fleming] not only captured the beauty of childhood but also defined it for the millions who have experienced it in theaters and in the highly publicized TV showings that began in 1956. It evokes the sometimes-terrifying exhilaration of discovering the world beyond the doorstep–and the anxiety-tinged urge to hang on to ‘home’ before time and circumstance alter it.” –Michael Sragow

How excited are you?

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If the Scarecrow had a brain he’d be on the UPK website right now.

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So be sure to tune in to the Oscars tonight to make sure that Dorothy and Toto made it to Hollywood.

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Just remember, there’s no place like the University Press of Kentucky’s website if you’re looking for some amazing books.

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