The Academy Awards are about a lot of things. The one we pay attention to most fervently tends to be its purpose to reward the year's best films and the performances and production work therein. But the Oscars are also about celebrating the bulk of what cinema can mean, and that includes its entire history. In that history there are a few standouts — and Judy Garland, whose children will gather at the Oscars in her honor this year, was most definitely one of them.
Liza Minnelli is undoubtedly the most well-known of Garland's three children, but Minnelli, Lorna Luft, and Joey Luft will all be at the ceremony March 2nd, an extreme rarity, as Joey has lived almost completely out of the public eye since his childhood and Lorna and Liza hadn't performed with each other in twenty years until this past October (see above).
The occasion is the 75th anniversary of Garland's most legendary film, The Wizard Of Oz. Details are sparse about what exactly the tribute will entail, but for Garland fans it's a special kind of treat to see multiple ways in which Garland lives on both onscreen and off.
In celebration, here's Garland performing "Together (Wherever We Go)" from Gypsy with Liza in 1963, Lorna and Liza performing a medley at the Tonys together, as well as footage of Lorna talking about her mother for the documentary Somebody's Daughter, Somebody's Son:
as well as footage of Lorna talking about her mother for the documentary Somebody's Daughter, Somebody's Son: