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Celebrate The Locations Lurking Behind 2016's Oscar Nominations

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | February 24, 2016

Celebrate The Locations Lurking Behind 2016's Oscar Nominations

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The 2016 Oscars are here, which means many beautiful people will get the recognition they feel they deserve. Thankfully, there is a little something for the travel lovers to admire as well.

While many of you fill out your Oscar ballots at home while you drink wine and dish out snark, there are a great many films being recognized that featured so many gorgeous destinations worth your consideration.

What we have below are just a few films and some places you can visit to pay homage while you soak up the resplendent beauty. 

Mad Max: Fury Road

Nominations: Best Picture, Directing, Costume Design, Visual Effects, Makeup and Hairstyling, Cinematography, Film Editing, Sound Mixing, Production Design, Sound Editing

Various Locations: Namibia; Sydney, Australia

Suggested Trip: 

George Miller went back into the realm of Mad Max and simply returned one of the year’s most stunning and captivating movies.

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You can tell from the long list of nominations just how well received the movie truly was, garnering attention for its pace and style.

As so many have recounted since its opening, the Namib Desert deserves a great deal of thanks for the warm reception, stepping in for the Australian landscape with some truly gorgeous vistas. offers a nice breakdown of what you can expect from a visit to the region and what that kind of holiday might entail.

The Revenant

Nominations: Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role, Cinematography, Directing, Actor in a Supporting Role, Costume Design, Sound Editing, Film Editing, Sound Mixing, Production Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, Visual Effects

Various Locations: Calgary, Alberta; Argentina

Suggested Trip:

Alejandro Inarritu’s movie is set to dominate the proceedings on Sunday, which is some consolation for cast and crew that had to deal with an extremely arduous shoot.

Thankfully, you don’t have to avenge your son or deal with any grumpy bears by visiting one of the more verdant locations in Alberta.

And if the movie itself didn’t convince you how gorgeous this place is, consider that it was shot with natural light.


Nominations: Best Picture, Actress in a Leading Role, Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Various Locations: Brooklyn; Montreal; County Wexford, Ireland

Suggested Trip:

“Brooklyn” is a captivating movie that illustrates how easily a foreign land can become home.

While a touching tale, you will find yourself enamored with the time period and setting, which you can enjoy in some capacity if you are ever in County Wexford, Ireland.

As The Irish Times explains, a trip to Enniscorthy is where you will find a major part of the Irish portion of the film.

The Hateful Eight

Nominations: Music (Original Score), Actress in a Supporting Role, Cinematography

Various Locations: Telluride, Colorado

Suggested Trip: 

A short ride from Telluride, Colorado, is Schmid Ranch, which was used exclusively for the wide-sweeping exterior shots in the latest Quentin Tarantino movie.

Understandably, the ranch has seen a noticeable uptick in tourists dropping by to pay homage to the director’s Oscar-nominated film.

Ex Machina

Nominations: Writing (Original Screenplay), Visual Effects

Various Locations: Valldal and Briksdalen, Norway

Suggested Trip:

Artificial intelligence is still a ways off, which is great news for anyone who has enjoyed this mesmerizing look at technology.

However, you can enjoy some of the amazing scenery seen in the movie, even down to parts of the home featured in the movie.

As we mentioned back in April, Norway plays a major role in the movie — as does the Juvet Landscape Hotel in Valldal, Norway.

Booking a night there offers vistas you will want to share with your favorite synthetic significant other.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Nominations: Film Editing, Music (Original Score), Sound Mixing, Visual Effects, Sound Editing

Various Locations: Skellig Michael, Ireland; Iceland; Cumbria, England; Gloucestershire, England; Abu Dhabi

Suggested Trip:

Soon you will be able to experience a wealth of "Star Wars" at Disney parks around the world. And there are gorgeous locations throughout the United Kingdom that are featured in the movie.

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However, we fell in love with the idea of seeing the lone island that appeared in the final moments of the movie.

Whatever the setting, you will find that you have your itinerary instantly filled with a brief look at our breakdown posted in January.


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