This year's Oscar movie nominees top location hotspots
Calling all movie fans! From Black Swan to 127 Hours, find out where where to go for some Oscars action...
Movie stars from across the world will flock to Hollywood's Kodak Theatre on Sunday 27 February for the 83rd Academy Awards, to be presented by new Batwoman Anne Hathaway and 127 Hours star James Franco.
This year's Oscars are set to be watched by an audience of over 40 million worldwide, and while many American and British movies are tipped for awards, the ceremony is a global event that will honour films from around the world.
So, with a little help from flight comparison site Skyscanner.net, we go from reel to reel in search of some of this year's finest Oscar nominee film set locations. Our top five are:
The King's Speech, London
The King's Speech is tipped to pick up more accolades at the Oscars after its resounding success at the BAFTA awards. Visitors to London should head first to Harley Street, where Colin Firth's King George VI undertook much of his speech correction surgery, before visiting Buckingham Palace which saw the triumphant new King wave to his people from the balcony.
Black Swan, New York
Darren Aronofsky's brooding epic is set in a dark, New York backdrop. Natalie Portman's complex character can be spotted fleetingly on the Big Apple's dark sidewalks, although much of the filming took place at The State University of New York's Performing Arts Centre, which shows many musical and dance performances.
I Am Love, Italy
I Am Love, originally Io Sono L'amore, is the story of a disillusioned married woman who embarks upon a passionate affair with a younger man. Much of the film is set in elegant Milan, though some of the film's most beautiful scenes are located further afield in rural hills above Sanremo on the Mediterranean coast of north-west Italy, which can be most easily reached on nearby flights to Nice.
Javier Bardem's standout performance in stirring drama Biutiful has landed him an Oscar nomination for best leading actor, and also marks the first time a performance entirely in Spanish has been nominated for an Oscar. With flights to Barcelonaavailable for less than £100 return, fans will have plenty of money left over to enjoy the many fantastic bars and restaurants that Barcelona is famed for, though much of the film is set well off the beaten track in the backstreets of the El Raval area.
127 Hours, Colorado
Danny Boyle's terrifying story of a rock climber who found himself alone and trapped in the Utah Desert is not one for the faint-hearted. Those wishing to experience the location of this great escape will be met by some spectacular scenery including the famous 'fourteneers' – mountains over 14,000 feet – of which Colorado has 54. Just don't get stuck – or go alone!
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