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Presenting the 2019 Oscar Award for Best Picture: Jetsetter Edition

ICYMI: the 2019 Academy Award nominees for Best Picture are officially out! Now, while the honor is typically awarded to those films that demonstrate incredible acting, writing, cinematography, and direction, here at Jetsetter, we’re most interested in location, location, location. This year, we decided to pit the nominees against one another based on their backdrops, and then chose our winner. Before you tune in to the real Oscars on February 24, check out our Jetsetter-curated picks below. Drumroll, please....

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And the nominees are…

Black Panther    

Set in the fictional African country of Wakanda, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther chronicles the story of the Marvel Comics character of the same name. While the footage does include real-life glimpses of South Africa, Zambia, and Uganda, the majority of the film was actually shot in Atlanta at Pinewood Studios (home to many Marvel sets). The movie made waves as the highest-grossing solo superhero film of all time and the first superhero film to be nominated for Best Picture.

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Bohemian Rhapsody

Centered on the rise of Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury, Bohemian Rhapsody takes viewers around London, New York, and Amsterdam—though it was mostly filmed in the UK at spots like the Old Town Hall in Bromley, England, and Union Street in Southwark, London.

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The Favourite

The Favourite tells the early 18th-century story of Queen Anne and her court, with plenty of real-life landmarks setting the regal scene. Between Hatfield House in Hertfordshire and Hampton Court Palace in Richmond upon Thames, every backdrop in this period comedy is undeniably enchanting.

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Green Book

Set during the 1960s, Green Book follows a black pianist and his Italian-American driver on a concert road tour from New York to the Deep South. Despite crossing several states, the film was mostly filmed in New Orleans. Given the musical plot, NOLA residents will likely recognize several famous theaters, hotels, and clubs featured in the film, including the Orpheum Theater, the Saenger Theatre, The Roosevelt Hotel, International House Hotel, and English Turn Country Club.

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Location plays a major role in Roma, the highly acclaimed drama about a domestic worker living in ’60s and ’70s Mexico City. In fact, the movie’s title even comes from the name of its neighborhood setting, Colonia Roma. Director Alfonso Cuarón painstakingly recreated scenes from his own childhood there, making real-life Roma fixtures essential to the movie, from the Teatro Metropolitan cinema to La Casa del Pavo sandwich shop.

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A Star Is Born

If you’re not too busy sobbing by the end of A Star Is Born (the Bradley Cooper-directed romance starring himself and Lady Gaga), you may notice some California hotspots that made it into the movie, which was set and filmed around Los Angeles. Recognizable locations include the Greek Theatre, Regent Theatre, and the Shrine Auditorium—home of the Grammys in the film and where the awards used to take place in real life.

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The winner is…

The Favourite

Destination takes center-stage in this film, inspiring major wanderlust in all of us here at Jetsetter. Peek the gorgeous locations below, and then get ready to book a trip.

Hatfield Old Palace, Hertfordshire, UK
London: Scenery and architecture of Hampton Court Palace, a famous and historic landmark on October 28, 2017 in London
Hampton Court Palace,James Brittain,The King's Presence Chamber, looking north east
Hampton Court Palace,James Brittain,The King's Staircase, looking south east, showing murals by Antonio Verrio and wrought iron balustrade by Jean Tijou
Hampton Court Palace,Robin Forster,The Great Kitchens. East end, looking south east

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