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Location, location, location: where to see the Oscar nominees

The nominees for the 2012 Academy Awards were announced and here’s where you can experience 5 of them yourself

The nominees for the 2012 Academy Awards were announced today, 24 January. Here’s where you can experience 5 of them yourself.

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Paris – Midnight in Paris

Woody Allen’s fantasy about a writer who goes back in time to 1920s Paris to hang out with literary and artistic greats like Dali, Picasso and Hemingway, is one big love letter to Paris. Much like Allen’s films about London, New York and Barcelona, of course. The locations are Paris to the accent in cliché – Île de la Cité, Montmartre, Versailles etc –but it’s lovely nevertheless. Allen is not the first to set a film in Paris – there is a long list to pay homage to, from Funny Face to Subway, Masculin, féminin to Moulin Rouge, and Hugo, another of this year’s nominees. Find flights to Paris

Dartmoor, England – The War Horse

Stephen Spielberg’s tear-jerking tale of boy-horse friendship was filmed in the pastoral loveliness of Dartmoor, Devon and Castle Combe, Wiltshire. Dartmoor locations include the villages of Meavy and Sheepstor, while you can romp over the moors in homage at Haytor, Ringmoor Down, Combestone Tor and Hexworthy Bridge. Castle Combe was used as the village of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh in another classic about animals, the 1967 musical Doctor Dolittle. You can talk to the animals if you so wish, but you’ll probably get funny looks from the locals. Find flights to Exeter

stockholm.JPGStockholm – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Some of Stieg Larsson’s beyond-massive novel-turned-film-turned-Hollywood remake starring Daniel Craig is set, and was shot, in Stockholm. The Stockholm City Museum runs special Larsson-themed walking tours, updated in January to include stories from the shooting of the film. Refresh your criminal mind with a coffee and cake, possibly while reading a Stieg Larsson novel, at Mellqvist Kaffebar, and hang out at Kvarnen -a traditional beer hall-tuned-trendy bar – both Girl locations on the island of Södermalm. Find flights to Stockholm

Mississippi – The Help

Set in Mississippi in the 1960s, the film version of Kathryn Stockett’s novel, The Help, was also filmed in the southern US state. Most of the film was shot in a town called Greenwood, situated deep in the Mississippi Delta north of New Orleans. With its evocative mix of grand Gone with the Wind-style Southern houses and 1960s architcecture, Greenwood lives up to its celluloid form in reality. It looks like an open-air museum. You can do The Help tour, head on to nearby Jackson, where the film is set, and explore the surrounding Delta countryside which, while well off any normal tourist track, will surely attract more and more tourists with the success of the film. Find flights to New Orleans

Los Angeles – The Artist

Michel Hazanavicius’s silent love letter to the golden era of American cinema was filmed in Los Angeles. Although recreating scenes from the film would be rather difficult, set as it is in the 1920s, you (and your romantic interest) could always hire fancy dress for the day, go to the pictures at the Million Dollar theatre at 307 South Broadway Avenue, and not talk to each other. Across the road is the Bradbury Building – which has served as a location for Bladerunner – while silent movie star Harold Lloyd hung from the hands of a clock at 908 on the same illustrious street. Find flights to Los Angeles

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