Take Travel Inspiration from the Academy Award Nominated Films

3 March 2014
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Hollywood’s biggest stars are preparing to walk the red carpet in Los Angeles today for the 86th annual Academy Awards ceremony. The past year has produced some true cinematic works of art, from the controversial biopic The Wolf of Wall Street to the historical drama 12 Years a Slave. With few exceptions, this year’s Oscar nominations are an all-American affair, showcasing some of the finest travel destinations across the USA from New York to New Orleans and beyond. Why not let these films guide your next travel adventure?

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Blue Jasmine - San Francisco

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Cate Blanchett is widely tipped to win Best Actress for her portrayal of a beautiful, troubled New York socialite in Woody Allen’s latest masterpiece. At the start of the film the eponymous Jasmine arrives in San Francisco to stay with her sister following the breakup of her marriage. Several San Francisco locations feature throughout the film, including Ocean Beach, the best place to enjoy a stroll with views of the Golden Gate Bridge; the waterfront restaurants of Mission Bay; the central shopping hub of Union Square; and San Francisco’s famous Chinatown.

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The Wolf of Wall Street - New York City

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Martin Scorsese’s eye-opening film recounts the debauched life of stockbroker Jordan Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Retrace Belfort’s steps with a tour through New York’s most prestigious postcodes, starting (where else?) on Wall Street. Soak up the energy and buzz of the Financial District as you take in famous sites including the New York Stock Exchange and the Federal Reserve. Nearby North Cove Marina is where Belfort kept his luxury yacht. Marvel at the enormous mega yachts on display here, before heading across the road to the sobering 9/11 memorial. Consider also visiting the luxurious summer playground of the Hamptons on Long Island, home to Belfort’s beach house.
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Nebraska – Montana and Nebraska

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This quirky road trip movie has received several Oscar nods this year, including Best Picture, Best Cinematography, and Best Actor for Bruce Dern, who plays an ageing father travelling from Montana to Nebraska to claim a cash prize. Although the film is shot entirely in black and white, the sweeping, panoramic vistas of the American Mid West look even better in full colour. This is the quintessential destination for a road trip, with star attractions including the incredible geysers and wildlife of Yellowstone National Park, and the pristine lakes of Glacier National Park.

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12 Years A Slave - Louisiana

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This historical epic depicts the moving true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was captured and sold into slavery in New Orleans in the 1840s. New Orleans and the cotton plantations of Louisiana feature prominently throughout the film, showcasing the rich history of the Deep South. A major highlight of New Orleans is the French Quarter, home to dozens of great bars, restaurants and live music venues. Many of the city’s historic homes and surrounding plantations are also open for tours.

Madeleine Lipson

Madeleine has traveled extensively through Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. You might find her climbing a volcano, wandering through an art gallery, sailing across the Atlantic Ocean, or lazing under a palm tree with a good book.