Real places in Oscar-nominated (and Oscar-winning!) films you can visit

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  • Wednesday, 07 Mar 2018

Sylva, North Carolina, one of several locations in the US state where - despite its title - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was filmed. Photo:

From the beaches of France where Dunkirk took place to a historic theatre in Toronto, Canada where The Shape Of Water was filmed, fans can visit many of the real-world destinations depicted in this year’s Oscar-nominated movies.

Call Me By Your Name

For the Italy depicted in Call Me By Your Name, head to the town of Crema, about an hour from Milan in the northern Lombardy region. Actor Michael Stuhlbarg says the setting was “exquisitely beautiful. ... It was a character in the film.”

Darkest Hour

At London’s Churchill War Rooms museum, visitors can see the map room, cabinet room, Winston Churchill’s bedroom and other locations depicted in the movie about Churchill’s early days as prime minister during wartime. The museum was even visited by the movie’s stars, Gary Oldman (who portrayed Churchill) and Lily James, who played his secretary.

An exhibit called Undercover: Life In Churchill’s Bunker shows how typists like James’ character sometimes lived and worked there around the clock. The museum on King Charles Street is open daily.

The Cabinet room at the Churchill War Rooms in London. The Map room, Cabinet room and other places that visitors can see at the Churchill War Rooms museum were recreated by set designers for Darkest Hour. Photo: AP/ Alastair Grant


The movie Dunkirk was filmed on location in the northern French port city where Allied soldiers were evacuated from the beaches in 1940 by a flotilla of more than 800 ships. Guided tours include sites like the beaches, the East Mole breakwater where most evacuations took place and the cemetery where some 800 soldiers are buried.

Visitors may also tour the Musee Dunkerque 1940 when it reopens in April 2018 following renovations, or have tea on the Princess Elizabeth, a paddle steamer that made four trips as a rescue ship and is now a floating restaurant.

An actor on the set of the film, Dunkirk, in Dunkirk, northern France. Photo: AP/Michel Spingler

I, Tonya

Tonya Harding is from Portland, Oregon, but the movie about her ill-fated skating career was shot mostly in Georgia, including at a rink where the public can skate: Duluth Ice Forum.

Lady Bird

Lady Bird is set in Sacramento, California, hometown of director Greta Gerwig. Most of the interiors were filmed in Los Angeles, but The Sacramento Bee says Gerwig put some of her favourite Sacramento spots in the movie, including the McKinley Park rose garden, Fabulous 40s neighbourhood and the river walk near Tower Bridge.

A beehive-shaped stone hut on Skellig Michael, a remote island off the coast of southwest Ireland, where Star Wars: The Last Jedi was partly filmed. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan/Failte Ireland

The American Market and Deli in Sacramento, California, used in the movie Lady Bird. Photo: AP/Rich Pedroncelli

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Where can you find the oceanic planet Ahch-To from Star Wars: The Last Jedi? On a remote island off Ireland’s west coast, Skellig Michael. It’s a Unesco World Heritage site where an ancient Christian monastic order built stone beehive-shaped huts.

Other Star Wars scenes were shot in Malin Head on the Inishowen Peninsula, County Donegal; Loop Head in County Clare; Ballyferriter in County Kerry; and Brow Head near Crookhaven, County Cork.

Ireland’s tourism agency promotes the destinations at

The Post

The movie about The Washington Post’s coverage of the Pentagon Papers was mostly filmed outside of Washington. A building in White Plains, New York, stood in for the newspaper building, and Brooklyn, New York, subbed for some shots of Washington’s Georgetown neighbourhood, according to Destination DC, Washington’s tourism agency.

You can, of course, see the US Supreme Court building in Washington, and you can see the exterior of the American Stock Exchange building in New York, though it’s no longer in use.

You can also stay in the room where the actual Watergate break-in took place, known as Scandal Room 214 at the Watergate Hotel. The movie’s final scene depicts the discovery of the burglary of the Democratic National Committee headquarters there, which led to the Watergate scandal.

The Supreme Court Building in Washington, DC. The movie The Post was mostly filmed on a set, but some scenes were filmed on location in Washington, including the Supreme Court and Watergate Building. Photo: AP/J. Scott Applewhite

The Shape Of Water

The old movie theatre featured in The Shape of Water is in Toronto. Canada. Auditorium scenes were filmed at the Elgin, a theatre that opened in 1913 at 189 Yonge St and is today part of a Canadian National Historic Site.

Tours offered Thursdays at 5pm, Saturdays at 11am (check website for occasional cancellations). The marquee shown in the movie is Massey Hall, 178 Victoria St.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Ebbing is a fictional place. The movie was shot in North Carolina, and North Carolina is promoting a three-day itinerary to filming locations in Sylva, Dillsboro, Black Mountain, Asheville and Maggie Valley in the western part of the state.

The interior of the historic Elgin Theatre in Toronto, Canada, where scenes from the movie The Shape Of Water were filmed. Photo: AP/Ryan Raz/Elgin And Winter Garden Theatre Center

A few other locations for film mavens:

– Get Out was filmed in Fairhope, Alabama in the United States.

– Parts of Mudbound were filmed in St James Parish, Louisiana (US).

– Locations for All The Money In The World included, among other places, the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London, which stood in as J. Paul Getty’s residence, and Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome and Bracciano, outside Rome, Italy according to tourism representatives for those countries. Rome’s Capitoline museum is mentioned in a pivotal scene where Michelle Williams’ character seeks to sell a figurine. None of the film was shot at the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, California, according to a Villa spokeswoman, but various objects collected by Getty are on view there.

The Florida Project, about a spunky little girl growing up amid impoverished families at a motel in the shadow of Disney World, probably won’t lead too many visitors to stay at the Magic Castle Inn and Suites in Kissimmee, Florida. Rooms are only US$39 (RM148) but TripAdvisor reviews are not good. – AP

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