The nominees and winners of this year’s 94th Academy Awards showcase a diverse range of global destinations in their films. With bustling metropolises, quaint old towns, untouched islands and beaches, and expansive rocky deserts akin to an alien planet, watching any of 2022's revered movies with their inspiring backdrops is enough to tempt both avid travelers and movie buffs into booking that next trip. From the fascinating cities and landscapes of the USA and Canada to Europe, the deserts of the Middle East, New Zealand, and the far stretches of Japan, these are some of the 2022 Oscar-nominated film locations that people can actually visit.

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10 Dune

It's not at all surprising that acclaimed sci-fi blockbuster Dune took home an impressive six Oscars, including wins in cinematography, editing, visual effects, sound, production design, and score. Set in the distant future on the planet of Arrakis, travelers might recognize much of the film's vast barren landscapes as Wadi Rum (also known as the Valley of the Moon) in Jordan — the experience-rich home of multiple hit movie locations over the years, with Arabia, Prometheus, The Martian, Aladdin, and even legendary Star Wars films, including Rogue One and The Rise of Skywalker included on the roster. Other locations were also used for desert scenery in Dune as well, including Liwa Oasis, Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates.

To add even more diversity of scenery, the production also included locations across multiple other continents, with the crew visiting the stunning region along the rugged Nordfjord coast of Norway in Stadlandet, where the fictional realm's homeworld of House Atreides, Caladan was filmed — the big forked rock seen early on in standout scenes is the mountain cliff of Kinn Island, known by the local people as "Kinnaklova". On the other hand, the majority of studio filming was centered at Origo Film Studios in Budapest, Hungary.

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9 Drive My Car

Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car has won Best International Feature at the 94th Academy Awards — also after earning nominations for Best Director, Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay. The Japanese-language film is in fact only the second film from Japan to win this title in the wake of Departures, winning in 2008. Much of the movie was shot in Japan's capital city of Tokyo and its surrounding area, with some marked scenes being filmed at Kurara Restaurant — a hearty offal cooking restaurant in Suginami ward. Another local spot used for filming was Yesmart — a Korean grocery store and eatery in Shinjuku City.

The team also handpicked locations elsewhere within the capital city, with parts of Hiroshima also appearing throughout as well. Of particular note, a number of scenes were recorded at The Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima — an imposing four-star accommodation at 23-1 Motoujinamachi in Minami Ward just 15 minutes from central Hiroshima. Lots of other sequences were also captured in the Naka Ward, where Hiroshima’s bustling central business district takes center stage. Bar Cedar, a nightclub and diner in Naka Ward, was also a key location, as was Phoenix Hall Parking at 1-5 Nakajimacho, which was used in various underground parking lot scenes and is just a stone's throw from the Peace Memorial Park.

The production also used the popular tourist attraction of Hiroshima Orizuru Tower, along with the Naka Incineration Plant for some imagery. They steered even further off the radar just south of Hiroshima city to Kure city, home to Akinada Bridge — a suspension bridge set over the Seto inland Sea that is seen in the movie. It's also in Kure where pivotal scenes were taken at the Seafront Dining Shintoyo near the shipyard.

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8 Nightmare Alley

A household name, director Guillermo del Toro brought viewers his latest exciting 1940s art-deco-themed thriller — Nightmare Alley — to earn four Oscar nominations, including for Best Picture. It was filmed in North America's northeast, including the likes of Toronto, Canada, and Buffalo, New York, with Buffalo's Niagara Square and City Hall skyscraper easily recognizable in many scenes — the latter serving as an office for one of the characters.

Fans can visit even more of the city's locations featured in the film, such as the Howard Street Bridge and the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum. As a further note, any traveler intending to visit New York for a film feast would be left out of the loop if they skipped New York's Central Park, which is in fact the most-filmed location on the entire planet.

In addition, one of the movie's most memorable scenes features the R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant — a still-functioning water treatment facility on Queen Street East in Toronto. Another place viewers might spot when watching is Toronto's College Park — a shopping mall on Yonge Street, while exterior Carnival scenes were carried out at Markham Fairgrounds on McCowan Road in Markham city, which is just 30 kilometers northeast of Downtown Toronto.

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7 The Power of the Dog

Filmed in New Zealand just before the pandemic began in January 2020, The Power of the Dog took the baton well before the Oscars even kicked off; it received a mighty grand total of 12 nominations and was thus indeed the most-nominated Netflix film of them all with nods in almost every main acting category and numerous technical categories. Despite its early glory and the fact it was estimated to wipe the floor with the rest, The Power of the Dog walked away with a single win; Jane Campion won for Best Director — an esteemed award that was well-deserved.

As for film sites, the island nation's region of Maniototo in Central Otago was a principal shooting location in addition to Dunedin and Oamaru, along with various Auckland sound stages used for many indoor scenes. But the real treat is this: situated on extensive plains extending towards golden mountain ranges, Braeside Station — the 5,500-hectare beef-and-sheep farm that stood in for the Burbank brothers’ ranch - may not be accessible to the public, however, paying wannabe cowboys can experience the old-world life portrayed in the movie by staying on the farm itself, which was used to depict rural Montana. The three-bedroom cottage looks straight out of an American Western and accommodates six people in renovated shearers’ quarters. And it gets even better; the welcoming hosts offer wholesome New Zealand breakfasts — the perfect fuel for exploring the Central Otago Rail Trail along which the cottage rests with glorious views of the Hawkdun Range lying within Oteake Conservation Park.

A mesmerizing tourist attraction in itself, the 67,000-hectare remote high-country park blanketed by tussock land, alpine herb fields, and old gold-mining sites offers untold adventure to lovers of the off-the-beaten-path outdoors; alongside fishing and backcountry skiing opportunities, travelers can explore the lands on foot, mountain bike, 4WD for a real thrill, or even better — on horseback to really feel like they're living the film.

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6 Don't Look Up

Netflix lead the way in the streaming domain this year with an energized 27 nominations — and that includes the four that Don’t Look Up bagged; the sobering dark comedy about climate change and the end of the world was granted Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Editing, and Best Picture. Unfortunately, the title's hoped-for victories were snatched by other nominees, but that doesn't change the fact that it was indeed entertaining - and die-hard fanatics can add its filming locations to their travel itinerary.

Albeit shot across various cities in the United States, Don't Look Up was shot in Boston, Massachusetts for the most part, where a number of locations in the downtown area were lensed as a financial district backdrop in lieu of New York City. Furthermore, fans may notice that the rally sequence of Jonah Hill’s character — Jason Orlean — was filmed at the Museum of Fine Arts, whilst Boston's South Station, Howl at the Moon bar, the Fairmont Copley Plaza, and the suburbs of Fort Point were used as the base of many other significant scenes. Lastly, many other parts of the movie were shot in the Weymouth area, as well as many indoor scenes taking place at Red Sky Studios in Allston, Massachusetts.

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5 CODA (Child of Deaf Adults)

Those who enjoyed the coming-of-age film CODA (Child of Deaf Adults) will be delighted to know that it was nominated for multiple Oscars, beating other prestigious nominees to take home three prizes in total — including the grand prize for Best Picture. What's more, it's also a record-breaker of sorts; it's the first film with a predominantly deaf cast to win Best Picture, as well as the first streaming movie to ever win this top spot.

It's also only the third film directed by a woman to win this coveted Hollywood prize, with director Siân Heder also winning Best Adapted Screenplay. And it doesn't end there; as if bragging rights weren't already enough, cast member Troy Kotsur made further Oscars history when he was awarded the supporting actor trophy — the very first time a deaf male actor has grabbed an acting Oscar, with the first being his CODA co-star Marlee Matlin who achieved the same prize for her role in Children of a Lesser God in 1986.

With all this epic win in mind, viewers can savor a smidge of its glory by visiting its beautiful film sets in a historic fishing town with old roots going back to the seventeenth century, and that town is Gloucester, Massachusetts — where much of the movie was filmed. The charming coastal town is a mere hour northeast of Boston and is interestingly the exact same place the movie is set. Several other scenes were also filmed in the nearby seaside town of Rockport, where the Steel Derrick Quarry makes an appearance in the movie, along with the Rockport Music-Shalin Liu Performance Center — just a short drive away — used as the set of the Berklee College of Music audition scene.

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4 Liquorice Pizza

Celebrated auteur Paul Thomas Anderson's ninth feature film, Liquorice Pizza, garnered acclaim from critics and was ultimately nominated for three Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. Lack of wins it may have suffered, yet the film — set in 1970s' San Fernando Valley — drew in excellent reviews and audience appeal, and intrigued viewers can walk in the footsteps of its cast should they happen to be in Los Angeles, California where it was shot (more specifically, the Encino neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley). To really bring out the essence of the 70s, the production crew used various props and dolled up existing locations in the area — an effort that revived the era's feel to a T throughout the film.

The Rive Gauche Café in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood was one of these spots, boasting a vintage atmosphere and design that fits the movie's feel perfectly. From a more interesting angle, however, the Tail O' the Cock restaurant — one of the Valley's most famous joints — was recreated by the crew despite the original having been closed since 1987. Two sets stood in for the real-life restaurant of the past — the Van Nuys Golf Course that plays the role of its exterior, and Barone’s Famous Italian Restaurant on Oxnard Street appearing as Tail O' the Cock's retro interior. Another iconic location used was the El Portal Theatre on Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood, where the pivotal scene between Gary and Alana occurs, while Bernie’s Water Beds and Pinball Arcade were filmed at Devonshire Street in the neighborhood of Chatsworth.

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3 West Side Story

Steven Spielberg's hyped iteration of the romantic musical West Side Story may not have performed as expected at the box office, however, it managed to seize seven nominations nonetheless, including a chance at Best Picture. Taking place in Manhattan, New York, the highly anticipated movie was shot on location both in New York and New Jersey, showcasing various Harlem and Manhattan locations in addition to Brooklyn's Flatlands neighborhood. Also, many filming days were spent in Newark, Paterson, and a few other sections of Essex County.

For the most eager film fans who want specific details, pinpoint sets used in West Side Story that can be visited include Brooklyn’s Bush Terminal Piers Park where the song Cool was recorded, the abandoned Bowery subway platform where characters Tony and María meet before venturing off uptown for a date, along with the Met Cloisters (The Metropolitan Museum of Art) serving as their first-date setting, which is surrounded by stunning medieval art and architecture.

Also, the Church of the Intercession on West 155th Street in Washington Heights is where the couple exchange vows, whilst The Grace Reformed Church in Flatbush appears as the police precinct during one of the musical’s most famous tunes, Gee, Officer Krupke. Finally, the film's climactic gang conflict scenes took place at Brooklyn’s Navy Yard.

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2 King Richard

The biographical epic tells the story of tennis superstars, Serena and Venus Williams, with Will Smith acting the role of their father — Richard Williams. Up for six Academy Awards nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor (Will Smith), and Best Original Screenplay, King Richard stole the limelight for Best Actor won by Will Smith, at last hooking his first-ever Oscar for his leading role two decades after his first nomination.

A large portion of the movie was shot in and around Los Angeles and Los Angeles County, with locations such as L.A's Windsor Boulevard between 4th and 5th Street being the set of various scenes, as well as Burbank Tennis Center in Burbank City. Additionally, many tennis court shots were taken at Claremont Club situated at 1777 Monte Vista Avenue in Claremont, while Compton remained an important shooting location throughout the whole film. Other spots that eagle-eyed viewers might scope out include the Irvine Racquet Club and the areas in and around the Irvine Historical Society.

1 Belfast

After eight nominations at this year's Academy Awards, writer-director Kenneth Branagh's Belfast won him his very first Oscar following eight nominations, transcending an academy record in the process to become the first Oscar-nominated picture in seven different categories. Winning the Best Original Screenplay, Branagh also received the same award the Baftas just two weeks prior in celebration of his autobiographical film set at the debut of the Troubles — the Ethno-nationalist conflict in Northern Ireland that waged for around three decades from the late 1960s to 1998.

Shot over just seven weeks, the story of Belfast is a coming-of-age drama documenting a nine-year-old boy's childhood during the volatile time in the late 1960s. In spite of its namesake, only some of the movie's imagery is of Belfast in Northern Ireland; most of it was actually filmed at special locations in and around London, as well as other parts of England — an unused school building was utilized as the movie's school, church, and hospital, alongside other notable locations that include the Farnborough airfield, which was transformed into characterful UK 1970's streets and was even the set of the film's dramatic riot scenes.

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