Oscars’ ‘Wizard of Oz’ tribute goes Pink, snubs L. Frank Baum and Munchkins 2014 marks the 75th anniversary of silver screen classic “The Wizard of Oz,” and the Academy Awards honored the 1939 movie during Sunday night’s telecast. Still, the Oscars tribute had a few bumps along the (yellow brick) road. the night failed to acknowledge the Central New York man responsible for the story and its beloved characters. Chittenango native L. Frank Baum, who published “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” in 1900 and wrote more than a dozen other “Oz” books, was completely overlooked. On top of that, late Munchkin actresses Ruth Robinson Duccini and Margaret Pellegrini were left out of the evening’s in memoriam. The annual tribute honors stars who passed away in the past year, but the two last surviving “Oz” actresses weren’t included in the list.
Oconomowoc held world premiere of ‘Oz’ 75 years ago Catherine Buckeridge attended the premiere in Oconomowoc. The 91-year-old was a teen just out of high school on that August night when she went to the Hollywood-style premiere. “We saw strangers here and we saw those lights and the confusion around the door,” she said. “Everybody was dressed in their best.” The film’s stars did not travel to Wisconsin for the premiere, but those who did attend were among the first to see the magic of film turn from black-and-white into color. “Yes, I remember that,” Buckeridge said of the moment that Dorothy opened the door to Oz. “It was very impressive because we had never seen color before.”