We’ve come down to the main event of the award season being the 86th Annual Academy Awards aka Oscars. Shortly the world’s best film stars will descend upon the Dalby Theatre in Hollywood to duke it out for a coveted golden statue.
So to celebrate Hollywood’s night-of-nights I highlight some interesting Oscar film destinations selected for the following nominated blockbusters:
The Wolf of Wall Street
There has been much hype around this controversial film based upon the life of notorious stockbroker, Jordan Belfort which features superstar Leonardo Dicaprio and Australian rising starlet, Margot Robbie. It’s even been banned in numerous countries due to its sexual debaucheries, drug-addled exploits and strong language. Neverless, this black comedy has captivated audiences and been nominated for five Academy Awards. As you can guess, it’s based in New York and various ‘Big Apple’ spots were used including the Trump Tower located in Midtown, Equitable Building in Lower Manhattan and North Cove Marina on South End Avenue (where Belfort’s yacht is docked).
Trump Tower entrance, New York. Source: Reuters / Eduardo Munoz
If New York isn’t your thing then what about Portofino, an Italian fishing village in the province of Genoa? In the film this is where Belford and his wife (Margot Robbie) are docked while on holidays. Due to its upmarket resorts and stunning harbour, Portofino is frequently visited by the rich and famous (surprise, surprise!).
Portofino, Italy. Source: SeaDream
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The second instalment of Sir Peter Jackson’s fantasy trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is up for three Oscars and since being released it has grossed a whopping $860 million. With its picturesque and versatile landscapes, New Zealand has continued to be the perfect backdrop to Jackson’s middle earth series. Visit Hobbiton located in Matamata, Waikato where Baggins’ journey began and is complete with 44 hobbit holes to explore. What about a canoe trip down the Pelorus River in Marlborough which was the location of the ‘dwarves in barrels’ scene? Otherwise, soak up the incredible mountain views which inspired the film’s ‘Misty Mountain Paths’ in Glenorchy and The Remarkables, Otago.
Hobbiton in Matamata. Source: Hobbiton Movie Set Tours
Earnslaw Burn, Glenrochy. Source: Heliworks / Dave Cromer
Based on a true story, Philomena is a tragic tale of an unmarried Irish woman who embarks on a search (decades later) to find her son which she was forced to give up in the 1950’s. With acclaimed reviews and led by Oscar-winning actress, Dame Judi Dench it’s a strong contender for ‘Best Picture’. Filmed in various locations in Northern Ireland, England and the United States it really is an international blockbuster. Enjoy a pint or two at The Dufferin Arms in Killyleagh or soak up the views of the Mourne Mountains both in Northern Ireland. Alternatively, head to England and check out Harfield House, a grand 18th-century site which was one of the spots for the Roscrea convent. If this doesn’t spark your interest then why not visit the USA – one city I thoroughly enjoy and was featured is Washington D.C. As Philemon does, get up and close with the Lincoln Memorial, soak up the sights of the Capitol or stay at The Washington Court Hotel.
Street view of the Dufferin Arms in Killyleagh. Source: Dufferin Coaching Inn
Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.
Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.
The Great Gatsby
Baz Luhrmann’s remake of the classic novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald has received much criticism and praise due to its over-the-top style, 3D visuals and music featured. While not affecting its stance at the box office the movie has been a financial hit earning over $350 million. Although the story is based in Long Island, New York, Luhrmann decided to film the adaption in his native home Sydney, Australia. Here you can roam around the grounds of Gatsby’s Estate which is Centennial Park, check out his mansion being St. Patrick’s Seminary in Manly and see where Wilson’s Garage in the Valley of Ashes was filmed being the White Bay Power Station in Rozelle. One spot that is breathtaking however was cut from the film (Gatsby’s alternative funeral scene) was the Waverley Cemetery in Bronte. This graveyard is regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful cemeteries as it overlooks the Pacific Ocean.
St. Patrick’s Seminary in Manly. Source: Wikimedia Commons
White Bay Power Station in Rozelle. Source: Concrete Playground
Waverley Cemetery overlooking Pacific Ocean in Bronte.
Have you visited any of these Oscar film destinations? If so, tell us what you thought.