Oscar 2016: guide to the locations of the nominated films

Check out the places where some of the films nominated for the 2016 Oscars were filmed!

Here you will find a detailed overview of the places, many curiosities and even a map to create a film itinerary!


Montreal in Canada was the set of the film “Brooklyn” directed by director John Crowley

Image result for "Brooklyn" directed by director John CrowleyThe film “Brooklyn” by director John Crowley was filmed in Ireland and in Brooklyn, New York. Filming took place in Ireland near Curracloe Beach, Wexford County and the town of Enniscorthy. The scenes that take place in Brooklyn were filmed in the district of the same name in New York, but in large part also in Montréal, Canada. Director Crowley was enthusiastic about the “Brooklyn Feeling” found in the Canadian metropolis.

“The Bridge of Spies”

The English nickname of the “Glienicke Bridge” was “The Bridge of Spies”, one of the Oscar nominated films.

Steven Spielberg’s film “The Bridge of Spies” which sees Tom Hanks as a protagonist was mainly filmed in the place from which the film is set that is set during the Cold War and tells the story of how secret agents made exchanges between the East and West. These exchanges often took place on the Glienicke Bridge, which was then dubbed “Bridge of Spies”, in English. Of course, Steven Spielberg shot the film in this place but also in other areas of Berlin, such as the Berlin-Rummelsburg operating station and the Marquardt palace in Potsdam.

“Mad Max: Fury Road” 

The Namibian desert was the set at Fury Road.

The long-awaited fourth installment of the Mad Max series was originally to be shot in the Australian area of Broken Hill. However, due to a particularly intense rainy season the landscape has become much greener than expected. To represent an apocalyptic scenario, fundamental to Mad Max’s films, the director George Miller decided, therefore, to bring the troupe to the Namibian desert in Africa.

“Survivor – The Martian” 

Wadi Rum in Jordan

First of all we must disappoint you! To shoot “The Martian” Ridley Scott did not install a set on Mars. The scenes for his film were filmed in Wadi Rum – a place where a river once flowed – in Jordan. This location, with its reddish color, has proved to be the ideal place to shoot scenes that give the impression of being on the red planet, where Mark Watney (Matt Damon) struggles to survive. Some scenes were filmed at the NASA headquarters in Budapest (Budapest Whale).

“The Revenant – Reviving”

Kananaskis Country, Alberta Canada

The director Alejandro G. Iñárritu gave up during the course of all the filming in artificial light and proved to be very demanding with the troupe and with the protagonist Leonardo DiCaprio. However, the result has amply repaid the effort and allows viewers to admire fantastic natural landscapes. The scenes of the film were shot in various locations in Alberta, Canada, such as Kananaskis Country. Even the Tierra del Fuego in Argentina, with its breathtaking landscapes, has served as a backdrop for the film.

Of course we also wonder if Leonardo DiCaprio finally manages, with “The Revenant”, to win the coveted statuette during this Oscar night.


St. Michaels College in Toronto

The film by Tom McCarthy, which is based on a true story about a team of journalists from the newspaper “The Boston Globe”, which revealed the scandal of the abuses of the Roman Catholic Church in Boston, was filmed not only in Boston but also in Toronto. The College Church of St. Michael and the Catholic parish of St. Basil served as the scene for the scenes with the cardinal and the choirs.

“James Bond 007: Specter”

Obertilliach in Austria

Obertilliach, is a quiet resort in Austria and was the venue for the latest James Bond film, “Specter”. The Sam Mendes regatta has brought James Bond (Daniel Craig) back on the snowy slopes of Austria, a special location is the Q Restaurant in Sölden. Some scenes from the film have also been shot in Mexico City and Morocco.

“Star Wars VII – The Force Awakens”

The Icelandic island of Skellig

Particularly spectacular places can also be found in the latest film in the Star Wars saga. For “The Force Awakens”, the troupe led by director JJ Abrams traveled to the small Icelandic island of Skellig in Ireland. It is here that the ruins of an early Christian monastery are found, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This place proved perfect to represent the remains of the first Jedi Temple, where Luke Skywalker is hiding.

Other places in the film were the Krafla volcano in Iceland and Rub ‘al-Khali, the Abu Dhabi desert.