9 Reasons We Still Watch The Wizard of Oz 75 Years Later

03/01/2014 at 07:00 AM EST

Oscars 2014: The Wizard of Oz Anniversary
Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale
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With the click of her heels – all three times – Dorothy secured her rightful place in our hearts forever.

Just as there is no place like home, there is no movie quite like The Wizard of Oz, which has inspired generations of movie watchers to skip down the yellow brick road since its 1939 release.

That's right: It's been 75 years since the world was introduced to Dorothy (a doe-eyed Judy Garland) and the gang (the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion) on their Technicolor journey through Oz.

As the Academy honors the cinema classic at this year's Oscars, we're still singing along to "Over the Rainbow" (which won Best Original Song of 1939) – and here's why.

1. The Wizard of Oz taught us about love ...

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From left: Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), TIn Man (Jack Haley), Dorothy (Judy Garland) and Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr)

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2. And what it means to have a heart

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From left: Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), Dorothy (Judy Garland) and Tin Man (Jack Haley)

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3. This is still one of the best burns ever

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Scarecrow (Ray Bolger)

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4. And there are a few exes we'd like to say this to

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The Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton)

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5. We're still waiting for the right moment to ask our frenemy this

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Dorothy (Judy Garland) and Glinda, the Good Witch (Billie Burke)

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6. Whenever we are SO OVER IT, we pretend we're Dorothy, lost in song, belting out 'Over the Rainbow'

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Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale

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7. But then we remember what she learned when she made it back from Oz

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Dorothy (Judy Garland)

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8. Of course, there's something to be gained from new things and places and experiences

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Dorothy (Judy Garland) and Toto (real name: Terry)

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9. But you know what they say ...

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Dorothy's ruby slippers

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The 86th annual Academy Awards, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, airs Sunday, March 2, at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

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