Skyscanner Follows in the Footsteps of the Oscar Nominees

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Thousands of people will book flights to California later this month as movie stars from across the world flock to Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre for the 83rd Academy Awards.

This year’s Oscars, held on Sunday, February 27, are set to be watched by a global audience of over 40 million and while many American and British movies are tipped for awards, the ceremony is a truly global event that will honor films from around the world.

Flights comparison site Skyscanner.com goes from reel to reel in search of some of this year’s finest Oscar nominee film set locations.

The King’s Speech, London
The King’s Speech is tipped to pick up more accolades at the Oscars after its resounding success at last week’s 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, however rather than booking flights to Italy, it is easier to reach the area by flying to Nice in the South of France.

Biutiful, Spain
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. While Barcelona attracts tourists to its lively bars and restaurants and fantastic architecture, much of the film is actually 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.

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