Today, Hollywood's elite will walk the red carpet towards Oscars glory for the 85th Academy Award ceremony. Previously known as the Kodak Theatre, the event takes place in the Dolby Theatre, which has hosted the glittering occasion since 2002. This past year has produced some great films including the epic musical Les Misérables, the surreal Life of Pi and the historic bio-pic, Lincoln. Here at Flight Centre, we think it'll be great to use the films nominated in the Best Picture Category as inspiration for your next holiday.
Lincoln - Washington DC, USA
A Steven Spielberg masterpiece starring Daniel Day Lewis in the lead role - Lincoln chronicles the political machinations that leads to the passing of a constitutional amendment outlawing slavery in America. Tragically Abraham Lincoln is assassinated at Ford's Theatre in Washington DC only months after the historic vote. Today the theatre still stands; it was renovated in 1968 and again in 2009, so consider attending a performance at the venue while visiting the American capital. The United States Capitol Building, located on Capitol Hill, features significantly in the film - the iconic dome was constructed in 1855 and the statue on top of the dome was added in 1863, just two years before Lincoln was shot. The iconic Lincoln Memorial sits majestically opposite the Reflecting Pool.
Les Misérables - Paris, France
One of a handful of Aussie's carrying the flag for Australia, Hugh Jackman took a star turn as the reformed sinner in this film adaptation of one of the greatest musicals ever written. The film is set in Paris five years after the French Revolution and the masses are still not content. Against this background, we're introduced to the colourful characters all of whom want to make a better life for themselves, their children and for their homeland. When visiting Paris today there are numerous sights connected to the French Revolution that can be explored including the stunning Place de la Concorde, which was the location of many beheadings, the Conciergerie where Marie-Antoinette was held prisoner until her death and the Palace of Versailles, which was the heart of the monachal power in France until the ruling elite were overthrown.
Life of Pi - Pondicherry, India
The novel was thought to be unfilmable but Director Ang Lee managed to create an intoxicating 3D cinematic experience from the predominantly marine setting. The lead character in Life of Pi, Piscine Patel grew up in Pondicherry, a city that featured the largest French colony in India. The French influence remains today particularly in the old quarters - as such the culture of this southern Indian destination is a curious mix of French and Indian influences. Attractions in Pondicherry worth exploring include the Botanical Gardens, Veermpattinam Beach and the Gandhi Statue.
Argo - Tehran, Iran
In a star turn as a CIA operative, Ben Affleck, who also directed the film, puts a spotlight on the political intrigue that led to the freedom of six Americans from imminent danger during a tumultuous period in Iranian history. When visiting Tehran today, the must-see attractions include the astonishing Azadi Tower, the National Museum of Iran and the Golestan Palace, an extensive complex that includes palaces and museums. It's also worth taking a trip to admire the incredible Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini.