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Oscar-winning movie locations from the last 50 years

Oscars season has come around and everyone's focus is on the actors and directors who made the most talked-about movies happen. And rightly so. But for us there's a whole other category of movie star: the locations. We wanted to highlight some of the standout locations that have contributed to Oscar-winning movies, and take a look at how you can visit them yourself.

The USA is the most popular location for filmmaking throughout Oscars history. Of course, New York City, LA, and San Francisco have all featured. But away from the movie hotspots, Louisiana, Arizona, and Oregon have all featured in winning pictures. In the UK, the most popular destination has been London, but other locations range from Surrey in the south right up to the Scottish Highlands. Further afield, locations from the coast of South Africa to the mountains of New Zealand have played their part in Oscars glory.

We’ve gone back over the last five decades and picked out the winners with stand-out locations. So here you have it: the very best travel destinations from 50 years of Oscar-winning movies.

1970s

Picking the standouts from a decade full of standout movies wasn't easy. But we went and did it anyway.

The Godfather was filmed in Sicily and features stunning areas that you can visit including Bar Viteli and Taormina, both in Savoca – and the scenes that are set in Corleone were actually shot in Savoca too.

We’ve also included Rocky as one of our Oscar-winning movie locations from the seventies because most of the movie was filmed in Philadelphia – and few movies are so associated with a location as Rocky is with the now-infamous Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. So why not make your way to the top and throw your hands in the air, just as Rocky did?

Movie: The Godfather

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Academy awards won in 1972:

  1. Best picture
  2. Best actor – Marlon Brando
  3. Best adapted screenplay

Movie: Rocky

Director: John G. Avildsen

Academy awards won in 1976

  1. Best director
  2. Best picture
  3. Best film editing

1980s

The eighties saw a boom in special effects, as in the 1983 favorite E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, which is still loved by many. Chariots of Fire was also released in this decade winning four Oscars overall.

Released in 1982, Chariots of Fire was set in Broadstairs, Kent, which was where a lot of the movie was filmed but some scenes were also filmed in St Andrews, Scotland, at the other end of the UK. Another scene was filmed down the road in the Assembly Hall, Edinburgh and then Cambridge also featured in the movie instead of Eton.

E.T. the Extra Terrestrial was based in California and the famous forest scene was filmed in Redwood National State Park, which is home to some of the tallest trees on Earth. The main house is in San Gabriel Mountains, and you can find it in Tujunga, California.

Movie: Chariots of Fire

Director: Hugh Hudson

Academy awards won in 1982:

  1. Best picture
  2. Best original music score
  3. Best visual effects
  4. Best sound editing

Movie: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial

Director: Steven Spielberg

Academy awards won in 1983:

  1. Best original music score
  2. Best sound mixing
  3. Best visual effects
  4. Best sound editing

1990s

Nineties nostalgia is big business these days, so there's a good chance you've watched these winners recently. Our picks are Jurassic Park and Braveheart, both with amazing locations to inspire your travels.

Jurassic Park won three Oscar awards in 1993, one being best visual effects. A lot of the movie was filmed in Kauai, Hawaii. Locations that you can visit on the island include Manawaiopuna Falls, the Na Pali Coast, and Mount Wai’ale’ale.

On the other side of the world, Braveheart was mostly filmed in Scotland, and features a lot of the picturesque Highlands. Loch Levin and Glencoe are just some of the locations well worth a visit. However, it wasn’t all filmed in Scotland; Trim Castle in Ireland also made the movie.

Movie: Jurassic Park

Director: Steven Spielberg

Academy awards won in 1993:

  1. Best sound mixing
  2. Best visual effects
  3. Best sound editing

Movie: Braveheart

Director: Mel Gibson

Academy awards won in 1995:

  1. Best picture
  2. Best director
  3. Best cinematography

2000s

A big decade for mega-blockbusters, the 2000s saw the release of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Another top-rated film winning three Oscar awards in 2006, was Memoirs of a Geisha.

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring features a small town called Hobbiton. Although it conjures up the English countryside, it was actually purpose-built in New Zealand, and you can now do a set tour.

As for Memoirs of a Geisha, the beautiful scenery in Japan is well worth a visit. Even though most of the movie was filmed on sets in the US, director Rob Marshall knew the only way to showcase the beauty, culture and history of Japan was to film on location. Some of these locations include Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, Kiyomizudera Temple and Okazakiriecho.

Movie: Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring

Director: Peter Jackson

Academy awards won in 2001:

  1. Best original musical score
  2. Best cinematography
  3. Best visual effects
  4. Best makeup and hairstyling

Movie: Memoirs of a Geisha

Director: Rob Marshall

Academy awards won in 2006:

  1. Best cinematography
  2. Best costume design
  3. Best production design

2010’s

Blockbuster movies Mad Max: Fury Road and The Theory of Everything were two of the biggest of the decade, and Mad Max picked up five gongs.

The Theory of Everything was set and filmed at Stephen Hawking’s hometown of Cambridge. Take a stroll over Kitchen Bridge to experience where Stephen and Jane shared a slow dance.

The Mad Max reboot was meant to be shot in Broken Hill, Australia, similar to the earlier films, but due to a few years of heavy rainfall filming moved to Namibia and the Skeleton Coast in Africa – and both are great for an adventure holiday!

Movie: The Theory of Everything

Director: James Marsh

Academy awards won in 2015:

  1. Best actor – Eddie Redmayne

Movie: Mad Max: Fury Road

Director: George Miller

Academy awards won in 2016:

  1. Best costume design
  2. Best sound mixing
  3. Best production design
  4. Best film editing
  5. Best makeup and hairstyling
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