Follow in the Footsteps of Oscar Winners

Have you ever dreamed of following in the footsteps of your favourite Hollywood stars? While we can’t land you a role in the next big screen blockbuster, we can reveal the locations of fantastic holiday destinations where Oscar winning films have been shot.

Here, we pick out six film locations from around the world that make great city breaks or beach holidays.

 

Los Angeles

The home of Hollywood is the setting for La La Land, the romantic comedy starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone that scooped no less than six Oscars last year.

If you want to recreate scenes from the film, why not visit Angel’s Flight at 351 South Hill Street where Mia and Sebastian rode the funicular railway? Alternatively, check out the Griffith Observatory at 2800 E Observatory Road, where the pair’s planetarium love dance scene was filmed.

 

Tenerife

The Santa Cruz area of this ever-popular holiday destination was used as a location for the 2016 film Jason Bourne starring Matt Damon, who won an Oscar for the 1997 film Good Will Hunting. However, the scenes for Jason Bourne shot in the capital of Tenerife appear in the film when the leading actor is portrayed running through a riot-hit Syntagma Square in Athens.

Tenerife Airport, incidentally, also doubles separately for both Reykjavik and Athens in the Jason Bourne film.

 

Majorca

Hollywood leading ladies Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson were in Majorca last year shooting a remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. The film, which has a working title of Nasty Women, is due for release in August and is set to feature scenes shot in the Cala Rajada and Portals areas of the island.

In the new film, Hathaway – who won an Oscar in 2013 for her role in Les Misérables – and Australian actress Wilson play two con artists who compete to swindle a naive tech billionaire.

 

Spain

The south-east coast of Spain features in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the 1989 Oscar-winning film directed by Steven Spielberg. The Cabo de Gata Nijar Natural Park in Almeria was used for the tank chase scene in the film, while the Iskenderun train station scene when Indiana Jones and Henry met with Sallah was actually shot at Guadix, about 30 miles from Granada, rather than Turkey.

 

Dubai

Dubai features as a Federation Starbase known as Yorktown in the 2016 film Star Trek Beyond, while the Burj Khalifa has a starring role in the 2011 blockbuster Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol when Ethan Hunt, played by Tom Cruise, hangs off the world’s tallest building.

It is reported that the Burj stunt took 23 days to film and required 400 crew members on hand to ensure that Cruise, who insisted on doing the stunt himself, was kept safe.

We admit that Tom Cruise has never won an Oscar, although he has been nominated for an Academy Award no less than three times, but our final location where Hollywood royalty has filmed certainly ticks the Oscar winner box.

 

Santorini

The picturesque Greek island in the southern Agean Sea was used to film a number of scenes in the 2003 hit Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.

The film opens with a shot of water sweeping over the island, while the scene when an undersea earthquake uncovers the Luna Temple, which was built by Alexander the Great to house his most prized treasures.

The scene showing Jolie – who has won two Academy Awards – making her memorable entrance in the film when Lara Croft, wearing a black Bond girl-style bikini, rides up to a fishing boat on a jet ski was also shot in the waters off Santorini.