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The Oscars to Honor 75th Anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz"

ABC/BOB D'AMICO(NEW YORK) -- In addition to a previously-announced planned celebration of movie heroes, past and present, this year's Academy Awards ceremony will also commemorate the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz.

“We are delighted to celebrate the birthday of one of the most beloved movies of all time at this year’s Oscars,” ceremony producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a joint statement.

The Wizard of Oz starred Judy Garland as Dorothy, Ray Bolger as The Scarecrow, Jack Haley as The Tin Man and Bert Lahr as The Cowardly Lion.

The 1939 big screen adaptation of L. Frank Baum's novel received six Academy Award nominations and earned Oscars for best original score and best song, "Over the Rainbow."

The 86th Academy Awards, with Ellen DeGeneres as host, will air live on ABC on March 2.

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