The Wizard of Oz

Judy Garland, The Wizard of Oz

Judy Garland made our list of 10 best Oscar-snubbed performances

We all know ”The Wizard of Oz” is chockful of heart, brains, and courage, but the girl who made the whole thing dance was Garland. The 17-year-old had big shoes to fill working alongside old pros like Jack Haley (Tin Man), Ray Bolger (Scarecrow), and Bert Lahr (Lion), but her wide-eyed innocence and powerful voice are what truly brought the film over the rainbow. (They also helped land Garland a specially created Juvenile Award at the 1940 Oscars, a kiddie-table honor that’s no longer passed out.) Later in life, Garland would lose the innocence and concentrate more on her singing career. And though she could still light up a screen on occasion (most notably in 1954’s ”Star Is Born”), to find one of cinema’s most indelible performances, you must backtrack down the yellow brick road.

The Wizard of Oz
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