The Oscars are just around the corner, and this year’s nominations include a variety of must-see landscapes. From the timeless town in Call Me by Your Name to the historic theater in Shape of Water, movie lovers can recreate some of their favorite scenes at these real-world destinations depicted in this year’s Oscar-nominated movies.
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
You can read books, transcribe music, swim at the river and go out at night, just as Elio Perlman does in Call Me by Your Name. To explore the beautiful scenery depicted in the film, you should head to Crema, a town in northern Italy about an hour from Milan. Rent a bike, ride through the olive groves, explore the medieval ruins or even stay in Rome at the lovely Rose Garden Palace.
If history is more your speed, and you’ve fallen in love with Wright’s World War II thriller, London is the city for you. London is home of the Churchill War Rooms museum, where visitors can see the map room, cabinet room, Winston Churchill’s bedroom and other locations depicted in the movie about Churchill’s early days as prime minister during wartime. Stay at Euston Square Hotel, just a quick bus ride away from the museum, and explore all the city has to offer. Euston Square’s central location makes it easy to recreate all your favorite scenes from the film.
The film retells the heroic efforts of Allied troops’ escape off the beaches of Dunkirk. Today, guests can travel to the northern French port city and visit many of the locations shown in the film. If the film inspired an acute interest in the war, visitors could experience guided tours of the beaches, the East Mole breakwater where most of the evacuations took place and the cemetery where hundreds of soldiers are laid to rest. Travelers may also indulge in tea on one of the paddle steamers that was utilized as a rescue ship as it is not a floating restaurant known as Princess Elizabeth.
If you suddenly get an urge to skate after watching I, Tonya, you can head to Duluth Ice Forum in Georgia, a public ice rink where they filmed a portion of Tonya Harding’s skating scenes.
Writer-director Greta Gerwig incorporated some of her favorite hometown spots into her critically acclaimed comedy-drama film Lady Bird, and it is time for you to visit them. Fly out to Sacramento, California and walk a mile in Lady Bird McPherson’s shoes. Stop and smell the roses in McKinley Park rose garden, visit the Fabulous 40s neighborhood and enjoy the river walk near Tower Bridge.
You can visit the capital of the United States and stay at Washington Court Hotel while reliving the scenes from The Post, which recreates The Washington Post’s coverage of the Pentagon Papers. However, if you fell in love with the movie set, you’d find yourself in the wrong city. Although the movie depicts the country’s capital, most of the scenes were filmed outside of Washington. The neighborhood portrayed as Georgetown, is actually Brooklyn, New York. Therefore, you should make a week of it and travel to both locations. Which side of the newspaper rivalry do you align?
THE SHAPE OF WATER
The laboratory in The Shape of Water is not an ideal vacation spot; however, the historic movie theatre featured in the film is a must-see for all. The beautiful Elgin theatre is located in Toronto, Canada. Elgin is part of a Canadian National Historic Site and can be toured only twice a week: Thursdays at 5 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m.
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Although it is impossible to find billboards in Ebbing as it is a fictional location, fans can travel to North Carolina and visit some of the movie’s filming locations. North Carolina is offering a three-day itinerary where visitors can go to a handful of cities in its western region. Travelers can walk in the shoes of Mildred Hayes and the rest of the cast of the Oscar-nominated film as they explore Sylva, Dillsboro, Black Mountain, Asheville and Maggie Valley. To view the itinerary, click here.