Best Film of All Time Hall of Fame


Cast of 'The Wizard of Oz'


The Wizard of Oz

Gaiety! Glory! Glamour!


Directed by: Victor Fleming, Richard Thorpe, King Vidor

Written by: L. Frank Baum (novel); Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, Edgar Allan Woolf (screenplay, credited); Irving Brecher, William H. Cannon, Herbert Fields, Arthur Freed, Jack Haley, E.Y. Harburg, Samuel Hoffenstein, Bert Lahr, John Lee Mahin, Herman J. Mankiewicz, Jack Mintz, Ogden Nash, Sid Silvers (screenplay, uncredited)

Starring: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton

Primary Genres: Science Fiction/Fantasy; Musical

Lifetime Achievement Cosmique Movie Awards

  • Nominations:  4
  • Awards:  4


The 1939 beloved classic film The Wizard of Oz wasn't a commercial success when it was first released - it earned $3 million at the box office, but cost over $2.7 million to produce. But even then, MGM always intended for it to make back its investment over time. It has subsequently gone on to earn untold millions in theatrical re-releases, television broadcasts, video and DVD sales, and of course, merchandising. In 1939, The Wizard of Oz was upstaged by that year's other big production: Gone With the Wind. Though it was a banner year for films, which also includes Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Women, Wuthering Heights, and more, it's entirely possible that Oz would have fared much better at the Academy Awards if it was not competing against Wind.

But over the years, The Wizard of Oz has built an enormously loyal following. Judy Garland's portrayal of the innocent Dorothy Gale and her wistful performance of "Over the Rainbow" (which was written at the last minute and almost cut from the film) struck a chord with audiences, and her sorrow seems ever more poignant after the other struggles in her life and early death.

Among Cosmo voters, The Wizard of Oz proved to be far more successful. Oz was inducted into the Cosmique Movie Awards' Hall of Fame at the first annual awards ceremony in 2001, winning the top prize of "Best Film of All Time," for which none of its 1939 rivals were nominated. (Wind was subsequently nominated and inducted into the Hall of Fame the following year, along with All About Eve. Another 1939 classic, The Women, has been nominated for the Hall of Fame several times but took many more years to win.) The Wizard of Oz also went on to win awards in all four of the Lifetime Achievement categories in which it was nominated - the most-nominated film to sweep all of its nominated categories.


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