7 Destinations the Oscars Put on the Map

The Academy Awards

Written by Alexia Dellner

It’s time for Hollywood’s biggest event of the year – the Academy Awards.

As the film industry get ready to don their finest and perfect their “it’s just an honour to be nominated” speeches, we take a look at some of the Academy Award for Best Picture films over the years and how they put destinations on the map.

1. Gone With the Wind, 1939

Gone with the Wind

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Set in the American South during the Civil War and Reconstruction, this period romance scooped up an impressive ten Academy Awards, including one for Best Picture. The nearly four-hour long film is set in Clayton County and Atlanta, Georgia and although it’s been nearly 75 years the film still inspires travellers to head down south in search of Tara plantation.

2. Casablanca, 1943


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“Play it again, Sam” is one of the most memorable film lines of all time. Too bad it was never actually in the film! But despite the misused movie quote, and the fact that the classic WWII romance was actually filmed in a Hollywood studio, travellers flock to Casablanca in Morocco every year for a chance to sit in Rick’s Café. The film won the Academy Award for Outstanding Motion Picture and Best Director.

3. The Sound of Music, 1965

Few can forget the sight of Maria frolicking across the Swiss Alps showing us that indeed, the hills are alive with the sound of music. The von Trapp family saga takes place in Salzburg, Austria and the combination of beautiful scenery, catchy songs and overall sweetness have made it one of the most popular musicals of all time. The film was nominated for ten Academy Awards, winning in five categories including Best Picture

4. Fargo, 1996


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This Cohen brother comedy-drama-thriller tranported audiences to places that they had never been before, namely Fargo in North Dakota. The film didn’t win the Best Picture or Directing Oscar, but brought home a gold statue for Original Screenplay and Best Actress for Frances McDormand’s wonderful performance as local police chief Marge Gunderson.

5. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, 2001

Tourism New Zealand have said that visitors to the country increased by 50% due to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. There’s been such an impact, that a phrase had to be coined for the phenomenon – Tolkien tourism. The first of the trilogy was nominated for 13 Academy Awards and walked away with 4, including one for Best Cinematography.

6. Lost in Translation, 2003

This story of an ageing American actor who meets a young woman accompanying her husband on a trip to Japan was actually completely shot in Tokyo. The city has always been the epitome of cool, but add Sofia Coppola, Bill Murray and Scarlet Johansson into the mix and the city sizzles on screen. The Academy thought so too, nominating the film for Best Picture and awarding it for Best Original Screenplay.

7. The Descendants, 2011

The Descendants

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Every shot in the Descendants looks like a picture perfect postcard, with most of the film taking place on the Big Island and Kauai in Hawaii. Although Hawaii has been used for many films and tv shows, The Descendents portrays the reality of living in Hawaii along with the beauty of the place.

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