Who watched the Academy Awards this past Sunday? I sure did.
Somewhere in the middle of the show, around when they give out all the technical awards and I debate whether or not to go to bed, I was inspired to come up with a list of my favorite travel related movies that have been acknowledged by the Academy.
Disclaimer: I am not responsible for any last minute airfare, train or vespa purchases incurred from reading this list.
Shot entirely on location in Rome, this movie stars Audrey Hepburn as a runaway princess and Gregory Peck as the reporter who ends up falling in love with her. The director, William Wyler, doesn’t waste the beautiful location and films the charming duo in front of Rome’s most famous landmarks.
Movie Trivia: After this movie came out, which features a scenic if slightly terrifying ride ride through Rome on a Vespa, an increase of over 100,000 vespas were sold.
Oscar Nominations: 10
Oscars Won: 3; Best Actress, Best Writing, Best Costume Design
This based-on-a-true-story movie is not for the squeamish. James Franco plays Aron Ralston, the hiker who was forced to cut his own arm off after getting it caught underneath a boulder. The film features incredible views of Moab, “Red Rock Country”, Utah and also depicts the extreme isolation one feels traveling through that kind of landscape. While James Franco is alone on screen for most of the film, it is anything but dull.
Movie Trivia: Only one take with a multiple camera set up and one prosthetic arm was used to film the amputation scene.
Oscar Nominations: 6
Oscars Won: 0
Meryl Streep dazzles as a Danish Baroness who travels to Kenya to run a coffee plantation with her husband, circa 1914. Watch as she not only falls in love with Robert Redford but with the land and people of Africa.
Movie Trivia: Trained lions were imported from California due to Africa’s strict wildlife laws.
Oscar Nominations: 11
Oscars Won: 7; Best Writing, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Sound, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction
Sofia Coppola wrote and directed this movie that follows two lonely Americans visiting Toyko, Japan. They connect while staying in a Hyatt hotel and form a quick yet deep relationship. As with all the movies on this list, the cinematography is likely to give you a serious case of wanderlust.
Movie Trivia: Sofia Coppola based this movie on her marriage to Spike Jonze.
Oscar Nominations: 4
Oscars Won: 1; Best Writing
The sequel to the 1995 film Before Sunrise reunites the lovely Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke in Paris nine years after their one night in Vienna. A movie that is guaranteed to make you wonder about your former travel flings, Before Sunset gives the beautiful and romantic answer to “What if?”.
Movie Trivia : A third movie is being written with a release date of 2015, which makes it exactly 10 years after the last time we saw our favorite transcontinental movie couple.
Oscar Nominations: 1
Oscars Won: 0
What movie, Academy Award winning or not, gets you excited to travel?