Oscar Movies Trigger Travelers' Wanderlust
In Oscar-nominated movies, sometimes the scenery shines like the stars.In last year's best picture candidate "The Descendants," the Hawaiian eye candy almost upstaged George Clooney. In 2010's best picture winner "Slumdog Millionaire," you could taste the grit and hum of India. In 2003's "Lost in Translation," the bright lights and big crowds of Tokyo set the film's exquisite tone.
This year, the Oscar nominees shine a spotlight on a variety of wanderlust-inducing destinations. The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul stars in the opening scene of "Skyfall," which is nominated for best cinematography. Vivid scenes from "Life of Pi" were filmed in Pondicherry, India's French Quarter. The musical "Les Miserables" counted on Gourdon, a village in Provence, as a stage for its scenes of early 1800s France.
Check out the video above for a look at those and other destinations that stand out in this year's crop of Oscar nominated films. For coverage of other movies that inspire travel, as well full-coverage of the Oscars Sunday evening, hop on over to Moviefone.