Oscar time is finally upon us and on Sunday 26th February we will finally discover who has won best actor, best film, best director and who is best dressed in the world of the Hollywood celebrity. So, to celebrate the approaching Oscars we have looked at some of the nominees for best film and seen that they all surprisingly have a travel theme to them, being shot and set in some spectacular locations around the world. So here are our top holiday destinations inspired by the 2012 Oscars.
Hawaii – The Descendants
Although The Descendants is overall a pretty tragic story, about a man whose wife is in a coma, it also serves to show us about island life in Hawaii and some of the traditional Hawaiian culture. Set on the stunning islands of Oahu and Kauai, it reawakens a thirst for the islands’ stunning lush volcanic landscapes. Oahu is lively vibrant island where most of Hawaii’s population lives and is mostly associated with big wave surfing and the iconic beaches of North Shore and Waikki. Kauai is perhaps one of Hawaii’s most stunning islands, full of emerald green verdant peaks, gleaming waterfalls and deserted beaches.
Paris - Midnight in Paris and Hugo
Paris features big in this year’s Oscars with two Oscar nominated movies being set and shot there. The eternally fashionable city is once again catching our eye and making us realise exactly what is so alluring about it. Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris follows the story of a family who travel to the French capital on business and takes us back to the glamorous golden days of the city, during the 1920s. During his time here, the protagonist, played by Owen Wilson, meets famous characters such as Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso and Scott Fitzgerald. Martin Scorsese’s Hugo also set Paris, during the 1930s leads us through the dark underworld of Paris as we follow orphan boy Hugo on his adventures.
Jackson, Mississippi - The Help
Set in Jackson Mississippi during the civil rights movement in the 1960s, The Help tells the story of the relationships between women and their maids. Although not a place that one would normally think of as a holiday destination and largely a quiet city, Jackson does have some interesting historical sites and museums. A must-see attraction is the Mississippi Museum of Art, which houses some excellent works of art from artists such as Georgia O’Keefe, Cindy Sherman and Andy Warhol. Another interesting site is the house of famous author Eudora Welty, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for her book, The Optimist’s Daughter.
Dartmoor - War Horse
Director Stephen Spielberg was heard to have said, “I have never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor.” Although much of the movie was actually set in South Devon, it was actually filmed on Dartmoor, in some charming rural locations such as Combestone Tor, Ventford Resevoir, Meavy, Sheepstor and Haytour. The British National Park offers spectacular views of verdant hills and ancient rock formations and is a great place for walking, hiking and spotting the famous Dartmoor wild pony.
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