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Oscar-Nominated Films Bound To Impact Tourism

The Oscar nominees are out!  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the 86th Academy Awards on 2nd March 2014 at the Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles.  The ceremony will be watched by millions all over the world. 

These Oscar-nominated films also have a massive impact on tourism around the world.  This phenomenon has been on the rise for a while now.  The Lord of the Rings and Narnia series saw tourism to New Zealand grow by leaps and bounds.  Braveheart and Mamma Mia! did precisely the same for Scotland and Greece respectively.

The latest Oscar-nominated films are bound to see people “discovering” the settings.  Here are a couple of movies from the latest batch that are sure to put the spotlight on locations where they were shot.

12 Years A Slave

This movie is bound to increase visits to the pre-civil war and historic plantations of Louisiana. Based on the memoirs of Solomon Northup,  a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery to work on plantations in Louisiana.

There are several plantations in the area, such as the idyllic Oak Alley and Laura that have been beautifully preserved.  Their rooms echo with the history and drama of a bygone era, while providing insights into the unique Louisiana Creole society.  Significantly the slave quarters still survive, which is sure to resonate with scenes from the movie. 

12 Years a Slave won the 2014 Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama.  It has been nominated for nine Academy Awards.

The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street is based on the real-life exploits of Jordan Belfort, a New York stockbroker.  He set up several securities frauds that reflected the high stakes corruption on Wall Street in the 1990s.  It depicts a decadent lifestyle, sex and drug fuelled parties and dangerous stock trading deals.

The movie is surely going to motivate people to visit this best known street among New York’s avenues and districts.  Wall Street had previously gained notoriety for its financial shenanigans that caused the epic meltdown of 2007-2009.  It is now looked upon as the lair of rogue traders carrying out complex dirty deals, that have the power to ruin lives and even the economies of entire countries.

On Wall Street traders made billions of dollars through their trading excesses while millions of people lost everything and banks collapsed.  The Wolf of Wall Street plays into that reputation, while drawing visitors from far and near.

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