Lonely Planet Writer

Where to go to grab a piece of Oscar-inspired action this year

As Hollywood is preparing for its most star-studded night, the Oscars, travellers can also grab a piece of Oscar-inspired action for themselves. To celebrate the red carpet event of the year, Booking.com, a global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of places to stay, is presenting five destinations worthy of a glittering award of their own.

La La Land –  Los Angeles, USA

The film La La Land won seven Golden Globes last weekend, including Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, Best Actor for Ryan Gosling and Best Actress for Emma Stone. Image: Summit Entertainment
The film La La Land won 14 Oscar nominations. Image: Summit Entertainment

With a record-equalling 14 nominations, La La Land stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone and tells the story of a jazz pianist and aspiring actress trying to fulfil their dreams, and falling in love along the way. The film oozes retro vibes as it plays homage to Hollywood musicals from the 1940s and 50s.

Oakwood Elite Collection hotel, LA. Image: Booking.com
Oakwood Elite Collection hotel, LA. Image: Booking.com

Stay at Oakwood Elite Collection Downtown L.A. as a great base to explore the city. Located in downtown Los Angeles, it won’t be hard to explore the set of La La Land as the film took place in locations all over LA. Its opening musical sequence was shot on the 105/110 freeway overpass, Mia’s pink apartment is in Long Beach, and you can grab a bite to eat in the restaurant where Sebastian plays his Christmas tunes over the road from Warner Brothers Studio.

Manchester by the Sea – Massachusetts, USA

Manchester By The Sea has five Oscar nominations: Image Roadside Attractions
Manchester By The Sea has five Oscar nominations: Image Roadside Attractions

This critically-acclaimed indie film starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams has been nominated for five awards. Filmed in Massachusetts, it tells the story of a Boston janitor who is forced to move back to his hometown to look after his nephew when his brother dies.

Beauport Hotel, Gloucester. Image: Booking.com
Beauport Hotel, Gloucester. Image: Booking.com

Beauport Hotel Gloucester is in the North Shore region of Massachusetts and the beach is right on your doorstep. Water sports are available. Rent a car to make the most of it, and explore the wider area with Boston and Cambridge under 30 miles away.

Lion – Kolkota, India

Lion has six Oscar nominations. Image: The Weinstein Company
Lion has six Oscar nominations. Image: The Weinstein Company

The incredible true story of five-year-old Indian boy Saraoo, who gets lost and separated from his family has six Oscar nominations. Saroo ends up being fostered by a family in Australia, and as he gets older, his childhood memories are triggered and he uses Google Earth to try and track down his family. Staring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman, the movie is set in Kolkata, India as well as various locations in Australia.

The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata. Image: Booking.com
The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata. Image: Booking.com

The Oberoi Grand Kolkata is located in Kolkata’s main shopping district and offers an outdoor pool, gym, spa, delicious Bengali dining options and lovely views of the bustling market place or palm trees. From here, guests can easily explore the sights, including Maidan Park, Victoria Memorial and Indian museum.

Hacksaw Ridge – Sydney, Australia

Hacksaw Ridge won six Oscar nominations. Image: Summit Entertainment
Hacksaw Ridge won six Oscar nominations. Image: Summit Entertainment

Directed by Mel Gibson, this epic biographical World War II film has six Oscar nominations. It tells the true story of conscientious objector, Desmond Doss, played by Andrew Garfield, who demonstrated extreme bravery under enemy fire and won the Medal of Honour. Some of the film was shot in Richmond, Sydney, which was transformed to reflect the World War II 1940s era.

QT Bondi, Miami. Image: Booking.com
QT Bondi, Sydney. Image: Booking.com

The QT Bondi aparthotel makes for the perfect getaway if you are taking a trip to Sydney. Just three minutes from the sandy shores of Bondi beach, it’s easy to explore the local restaurants, cafés and stores that dot the area. Richmond is on the edge of the famous Blue Mountains National Park, so you can combine both if you fancy taking a peek at the film set.

Moonlight – Miami, USA

Moonlight has six Oscar nominations. Image: A24
Moonlight has six Oscar nominations. Image: A24

Another indie film with six nominations, Moonlight tells the story of young African-American man Chiron. Chiron struggles with his masculinity, sexuality and finding his place in a rough Miami area from childhood to adulthood.

Four Seasons Hotel. Miami. Image: Booking.com
Four Seasons Hotel. Miami. Image: Booking.com

If you’re going to go to Miami you have to do it in style. Stay at the art deco Four Seasons Hotel Miami, so you can easily walk to the beach and explore the area. Located opposite Biscayne Bay, guests can enjoy a full-service spa, two outdoor pools with cabanas and on-site restaurant. You can also easily venture out to find Miami’s famed boutiques, restaurants and nightlife.

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