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Somewhere Over The Rainbow, We Won A Bucket Load Of Oscars!

'The Wizard of Oz' is one of the all time Hollywood classics, and you would expect it to have been showered with Oscar Awards. We can all instantly visualize Judy Garland singing 'Over The Rainbow', the red sparkling shoes, the Cowardly Lion, and the Wicked Witch of The West.

Unfortunately it came out in a vintage year for classic films, 1939, and lost out. The main winner that year was Gone With The Wind, which shared the director, Victor Fleming. Gone With The Wind was nominated for 13 awards, and won 8, a record which would stand until 1957. In fact, despite all the awards picked up by Gone With The Wind, that film didn't even win Best Actor! Clark Gable was pipped to that gong by Robert Donat for 'Goodbye, Mr.Chips', a tell-tale sign if ever about how competitive it was that year.

I'm not sure there was an obvious Best Actor nominee from The Wizard of Oz, and I think that held true for a lot of categories - The Wizard of Oz was more of an ensemble piece.

In the end it wound up with 2 Oscars, for best original score, and best song for 'Over The Rainbow.' That was a song which was very nearly cut from the film - that would have taken the Oscar count down to one!

Funnily enough I have never seen 'Goodbye, Mr. Chips.' I'm guessing I should put that right, considering how much I love 'Gone With The Wind' and 'The Wizard of Oz'.

Here in the UK it was a tradition when I was growing up that 'The Wizard of Oz' was always shown over the Christmas holiday period. Lately that seems to have not been the case, and 'Gone With The Wind' seems to be trotted out even less. I suppose with it being so long, they have to find a suitable berth in the schedules.

So, the next time you find yourself starting to whistle 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Way Up High, ' you can add the new line 'There's A Land That I Dreamt Of, Where We Won Our Rightful Bucket Of Oscars.'

Gordon Bryan is the author of 'Make Money From Movies,' a guide where he takes you through the single technique he uses again and again to profit from any movie- including 'The Wizard Of Oz'! Find out more at: http://www.gordonbryan.com/movies

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