Travel Movies Go to the Oscars

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  01.25.12 | 6:00 PM ET

It’s Oscar time again. The nominees were announced this week and a pair of travel-themed movies are up for the big awards. Midnight in Paris is Woody Allen’s tale of a Hollywood screenwriter (played by Owen Wilson) who visits contemporary Paris and finds himself time-traveling back to the glory days of Hemingway and Picasso. It’s nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Art Direction.

On the other side of the planet, The Descendants stars George Clooney as a Honolulu lawyer who takes his children to see land held in a family trust on Kauai. It received nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (for Clooney), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing.

Of the two, I’ve seen only “Midnight in Paris,” which I liked—as a confirmed 1920s Paris nerd I laughed at the inside jokes and enjoyed the scenery. “The Descendants” is on my To Do list. It won Best Picture (Drama) at the Golden Globes last week, and Clooney won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama, too, so it has to be considered a favorite come Oscar night.

Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.

10 Comments for Travel Movies Go to the Oscars

Brandt Hardin 01.25.12 | 6:27 PM ET

The Academy certainly went with much higher brow nominees this year which I think will lose them a large portion of their young audience.  After doing better at being in touch with the public the past two years, these stiff nominees just fall flat.  I usually have something in common with the choice but not this year- if the contenders seem stuffy to you, check out my own Top 10 Movie Picks of 2011 at where you won’t see a single of the Academy’s nominees for Best Picture but you will get some movie artwork I drew up as well as the reviews!

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Todd 01.31.12 | 9:45 AM ET

I love the travel movies, especially if it’s some where you’ve already been and can reflect. I enjoyed Midnight In Paris as well. I studied abroad there over 10 years ago and it’s time to go back.

Davis 01.31.12 | 4:34 PM ET

Much as I enjoyed Tintin, I will concede that it was not of “Best Movie” calibre, and motion-capture is not considered animation so it could not be considered in that category.  I hope this doesn’t discourage anyone and nothing is done to introduce a love interest or spunky girl side-kick, or take our lad out of his 1930s boys’ adventure— or, as Hergé described it, “misadventure” — innocence.

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Kristy 02.02.12 | 2:18 AM ET

Yay.. I like Midnight In Paris movie, hope the film will be the winner.

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San Antonio 02.02.12 | 10:43 AM ET

Midnight in Paris is a great moving.  Loving your blog posts keep up the good work.

Health Insurance China 02.07.12 | 12:45 AM ET

“Midnight in Paris” is a very good movie! really enjoyed watching it!!

Melany Berry 03.09.12 | 5:26 PM ET

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Alexandra Wright 03.14.12 | 12:03 AM ET

Both movies were deserving of their Golden globe and Oscar wins. I especially like Midnight in Paris. It reminded me back in the days where I had holidays in the UK. It brought back many fond memories about how beautiful Paris was.

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