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Visiting The Sets Of This Year's Best Picture Nominees (PHOTOS)

Posted: 02/24/2012 7:00 am

In our romanticized and admittedly naive fantasy about life as a movie star, nothing is as unquestionably glamorous as traveling around the world on location. But considering that central casting hasn't yet discovered us, we'll make do by traveling in the footsteps of the best picture nominees for the 84th Academy Awards, airing this Sunday.

From sipping soda at the Jackson, Mississippi café visited by Hilly Holbrook (Bryce Dallas Howard) and her friends in The Help to charging an ATV through the Kauai ranch owned by Matt King (George Clooney) in The Descendants, our transporting list of film locations puts you in the center of the action.

Due to a change in voting rules this year, the Academy nominated only nine films instead of the usual 10, so we conclude our list with a roundup of Oscar rejects redeemed only by their gold-statuette-worthy settings. Unsung location scouts, we salute you. From ShermansTravel's Top 10 Oscar Film Locations.

The Artist, Hollywood
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Key Locations
Set in Hollywood, California, in 1927, The Artist has been nominated for a whopping 10 Oscars. Not only is the film in black and white (though it was filmed in color), it is also silent, with only a few lines of dialogue in the entire movie. The film follows George Valentin (Jean Dujardin), a silent film star, as he adapts to the “talkies.”

What to See
Take your pick! The film features many theaters where the characters screen their own films: See a concert at the Orpheum Theatre, watch a play at the Wilshire Ebell Theater, or explore the ornate Los Angeles Theatre. Only a few steps from the Wilshire Ebell Theater, take a stroll down Fremont Place, where George and Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) both reside. In Peppy’s case, art imitates life. In the film, she lives at 56 Fremont Place, where silent film star Mary Pickford really did live in 1918.

Make it Happen
After a day of touring downtown landmarks like the Bradbury Building (304 S. Broadway), where Peppy makes her ascent to stardom as George makes his descent, and Eagle Rock Substation (7888 N. Figueroa St.), where the opening scene is set, stop in at the Italian restaurant Cicada, where Peppy gives a scathing interview about the demise of silent films within earshot of George.

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