The Oscars are only a few days away and it always stirs up a real sense of intrigue and excitement. It also raises many questions such as ‘Who will win what award? What will the stars be wearing and will there be any infamous speeches that will live on in Oscars history?’.
The Academy Awards (the official name of the Oscars) is one of the most prestigious accolades that anyone in the film industry can receive. This year’s nominees were filmed all over the world and in some of the most stunning and fascinating locations.
From the breath-taking waterfalls in Argentina to the bright lights of Tokyo, here is a round up of the best destinations from this year’s Oscars nominees.
Argentina – Black Panther
Marvel’s superhero film Black Panther is set in the fictional Sub-Saharan Africa nation of Wakanda. The filming locations were varied, with most of the filming being filmed in a studio in Atlanta, Georgia, but other filming locations included Uganda, South Africa and Zambia.
Did you know that the legendary waterfall scene was filmed in Argentina at the Iguazu Falls in the Iguazu National Park? The national park spans the borders between three countries - Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As well as the awe-inspiring waterfall, visitors can also see many examples of rare and endangered wildlife (Including the jaguar and the South American tapir)
Stockholm – The Wife
Glenn Close is captivating in this film which was filmed in a variety of locations through Scotland and Sweden. However, most of the film was filmed in Stockholm, including at various locations within the Old Town.
This effortlessly cool city is a charming destination thanks to its quaint medieval streets, pretty parks and energetic waterside attractions. From people watching at one of the cafes in Stortoget and trying the national dish of Sweden (meatballs naturally!) to taking an exhilarating boat ride and exploring some of the (30,000!) islands that form part of Sweden’s capital, you will not be short of things to do.
Yosemite – Free Solo
This thrilling documentary documents climber Alex Honnold ‘s 2017 free solo attempt at El Capitan, the 3,000ft-high rock formation in Yosemite Valley, California. El Capitan is a pure vertical wall of sheer rock face and is widely considered to be the ultimate challenge for climbers (and the most dangerous)
Yosemite is known for its lush greenery, cascading waterfalls and imposing clifftops. The vista changes with the seasons and is an absolute must-see if you are visiting California. The Half Dome is Yosemite’s most famous landmark, rising 4800 feet above the valley.
Not only can you explore the expansive wilderness, you can also stay in this incredible National Park and take advantage of the fun activities such as horse riding, skiing and golf – the Wawona championship 18-hole course has probably the most extraordinary and dramatic mountain backdrop of any golf course in the world.
LA – A Star is Born
With music being the common theme throughout ‘A Star Is Born’, it is of little surprise that most of the filming locations were music venues which included The Virgil in East Hollywood, The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and the Regent Theatre. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper also filmed footage at the Empire Polo Club which is the venue for the Coachella Festival.
From the beautiful beaches and fabulous shops to the lively nightclubs and the incredible restaurants, you will never feel bored in LA. Whether you want to stroll down Venice Boardwalk or visit the iconic Hollywood sign, if you are ready to go California Dreaming, your Personal Travel Expert can create the perfect LA package for you.
Split – Cold War
Pawel Pawlikowski’s film Cold War was filmed in locations in Poland, France and Germany, but most of the filming took place in Split. This pretty Croatian town is also renowned for being one of the filming locations for the popular ‘Game of Thrones’ series. A visit to the Palace of the Emperor Diocletian is an absolute must!
Take a stroll along the Riva, the pretty promenade that winds around the harbour or why not take a boat ride over to the nearby island of Brač.
If you love a good hidden gem, take a stroll through the hillside pines of Marjan Forest Park which affords not only just commanding views over the city and surrounding islands, but also medieval chapels and cave dwellings.
New York – Can You Ever Forgive Me
With both Richard E. Grant and Melissa McCarthy both receiving nominations, it looks promising that Can You Ever Forgive Me will flourish at the Oscars. The New York skyline is iconic and is renowned all over the world, however, Can You Ever Forgive Me has its own famed landmarks. Why not pay a visit to the iconic Argosy bookstore on E 59th Street or one of the older Manhattan bars that feature in the film?
Discover your very own New York with a fun-filled trip filled with sightseeing, shopping, eating and a trip to see a show on Broadway.
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Tokyo – Shoplifters
Hirokazu Kore-eda's 'Shoplifters' was the winner of the Palme d'Or for best feature at last year's Cannes Film Festival – can it replicate its success for the award of best foreign-language film at the Oscars? Set in the dynamic city of Tokyo, most of the filming took place the Adachi ward, grab a little slice of Tokyo for yourself where you can see temples, manicured gardens, designer shops and more all within walking distance with each other.
You can’t visit Tokyo without a walk across the iconic Shibuya Crossing where up to 3000 people can be crossing at any given time.
Spring is an ideal time to visit Japan and millions flock to Japan in their droves to see the beautiful cherry blossom. In Tokyo, it is anticipated that the cherry blossom will arrive in mid-late March. One of the best areas to see the cherry blossom in full bloom is in the arty neighbourhood of Nakameguro.
Fuerteventura – Solo: A Star Wars Story
Did you know that Solo: A Star Wars Story was filmed in the Canary Islands, more specifically in Fuerteventura? the island doubles up as the planet Savareen and was shot on the sand dunes at Cañada La Barca which is located on the southern part of the island.
Light sabres aside, if you love windsurfing, surfing, kite surfing or similar, Fuerteventura (which is the second largest island in the Canaries) is an ideal destination thanks to it being the only Canary Island to enjoy warm breezes from the Sahara.
This enchanting island has white sandy beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters where you can relax and lap up the sunshine. There are also some great places to eat, drink and of course, to dance the night away.
Berlin – Never Look Away
Inspired by real events, Never Look Away spans three eras of German history and was filmed in Berlin, Dusseldorf and Dresden.
Steeped in history and a mecca for party lovers, Berlin is an ideal destination for those who love intriguing architecture, fantastic food and a rich culture. If you love history, Berlin won’t disappoint. Pay a visit to Checkpoint Charlie or the remnants of the Berlin Wall and of course – the Brandenburg Gate.
There are also lots of great museums and galleries to visit too – check out the modern art exhibitions for free on Auguststraße. If you are hoping to attain an alternative look at the city, take a tour by Alternative Berlin who aims to help tourists get closer to the city’s many subcultures.
New Mexico - The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
The Coen brother’s latest masterpiece was filmed across three states, including Nebraska, New Mexico and Colorado. Each one of the six short films (which is set in the late 1800’s) is presaged with the sight of an old book that is entitled ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’.
A variety of different places including the Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe and San Cristobal Ranch in New Mexico were used as filming locations. Other locations included Ghost Ranch, an expanse of canyons and rocky cliffs in the north of the state, the striking Diablo Canyon and the Ghost Ranch near Abiquiú.
If you are heading out West to New Mexico, don’t forget to check out the Chaco Culture National Historical Park, the Carlsbad Caverns National Park and the Cerrillos Hills State Park.
Mexico City – Roma
Set in the early 1970’s, Roma, which is a semi-autobiographical take on director Alfonso Cuarón's upbringing in Mexico City has already won many awards and is nominated for numerous Oscars including Best Cinematography, Best Director and Best Picture. Colonia Roma is a neighbourhood in the heart of Mexico City where Cuarón grew up. Outside of Mexico City, some filming took place at Veracruz, one of the main cities on the Gulf of Mexico and where one of Roma’s most formidable scenes takes place.
Centro Historico (the historic centre) in Mexico City is situated in the heart of the Mexican capital and is one of the spots that travellers should visit when visiting the city for the first time. From Zócalo where you can visit the Palacio de Gobierno building to the striking Palacio de Bellas Artes -ne of Mexico City’s most instantly recognisable landmarks.
Don’t forget to head over to the Coyoacán neighbourhood which was also the home of renowned artist Frida Kahlo where you will find one of best foodie markets in the city.
One of the biggest holidays in Mexico is Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) which is an annual event that takes place between October 31st and November 2nd. This colourful holiday celebrates the lives of those who have died and cities throughout Mexico throw parades and parties.
New Orleans – Green Book
Green Book was filmed in a myriad of locations through the state of Louisiana including the International House in New Orleans, Ruby’s Roadhouse in Mandeville and of course, the renowned French Quarter. It is inspired by the true story of a tour of the Deep South between African-American classical and jazz pianist Don Shirley and Tony Vallelonga - an Italian-American bouncer.
The Saenger Theatre in New Orleans was one of the filming locations with the lobby doubling up as a hotel where the two lead characters converse.
New Orleans is a great city to visit for a heady mixture of culture, great food and of course, the music! Whilst it’s renowned for its jazz and blues roots, New Orleans celebrates every genre of music and it is certainly worthwhile catching a gig whilst you are there.
We can’t talk about New Orleans without talking about the food. There is probably no other city that has more of an identifiable and distinct cuisine than New Orleans. From the succulent Boudin balls to the renowned Gumbo, you certainly won’t go hungry!
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