The Destinations From This Year’s Golden Globe-nominated Films and Series
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the list of Golden Globe nominees Monday, as industry professionals began gearing up for awards season this winter. For cinephiles who want to get a taste of this year's top films and series, we found some of the locations from the 2017 award darlings.
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone's "La La Land"—set in Los Angeles—topped the list with seven nominations, including best motion picture in the musical/comedy category. The critically-acclaimed “Moonlight” received six nominations, and the Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams family drama “Manchester by the Sea” nabbed five.
This year's Golden Globe-nominated movies and television series were especially remarkable for their locations, set design and cinematography. From the imposing American Western valleys of “Westworld” to the opulence of Kensington Palace, the 2017 nominees will have many viewers looking to book their next getaway.
"Game of Thrones"—Fortress of Kliss, Croatia
Fortress of Kliss in Croatia, pictured here is just one of the many filming locations of “Game of Thrones” that have helped contribute to this epic television show's sprawling landscapes.
“Game of Thrones” tourism has cropped up at filming locations all over Europe, Belfast, Northern Ireland, and several areas of Spain and the Mediterranean coast.
"Hell or High Water"—Portales and Tucumcari, New Mexico
This bank robbery thriller and Best Drama nominee was filmed in Portales and Tucumcari, New Mexico. Situated in the eastern plains of a rural area of the state, these small towns infuse the drama of "Hell or High Water," with a classic Western atmosphere.
"Sing Street"—Dublin, Ireland
"Sing Street" tells the story of the young Conor—a.k.a Cosmo—as he comes of age in 1980s Dublin. Set to a soundtrack featuring music by A-Ha, Duran Duran, the Clash and others, the film follows Conor as he starts a high school band to impress a mysterious, aspiring model.
The streets, coasts and harbors of Dublin serve as both backdrop and inspiration for this Best Musical or Comedy nominee.
Actor and rapper Donald Glover stars in this FX series about rappers trying to make it big in modern-day Atlanta. Glover told NPR earlier this year that he and the show’s other creators made a concerted effort to give the show something of a surreal feel, in its setting and mood.
“Most things lie in the gray area. But I think because of the Internet, and like, social media — things get cut into zeroes and ones really quickly. So we were like, 'Let's just play around in the gray areas,'" he said.
"Mozart in the Jungle"—Washington Square Park, New York, New York
Based on the memoirs of a professional oboe player, Amazon's "Mozart in the Jungle" follows the ups and downs of a New York city orchestra. In one memorable scene from season two, the orchestra is locked out of their rehearsal space following the breakdown of union negotiations. Their eccentric maestro, played by Gael Garcia Bernal, moves their rehearsal to this beloved Manhattan park.
The sci-fi drama from HBO features a striking visual backdrop. Fisher Valley, Castle Valley and State Route 128—all in Utah—provide a stark introduction to the apocalyptic vision of “Westworld,” according to Condé Nast Traveler.
Washington, D.C., and the White House in particular, are two focal points of the show "Veep" to the point of becoming a character on the show. Selina Meyers, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, is a determined politician prone to public mishaps. The show, now finishing its fifth season, follows her as she and her team bounce from the oval office to the east wing, to a series of storage closets in the White House.
Based on the play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” by Tarell Alvin McCraney, "Moonlight" follows a boy named Chiron through three phases of his life, as he grapples with different elements of his identity. Film critics have lauded the movie, and the New York Times suggested it might be the best film of 2016.
Set in Miami, Florida, in the “War on Drugs” era, the story also explores mass incarceration and black identity.
"Manchester by the Sea"—Manchester, Massachusetts
With the village charm of many picturesque New England towns, Manchester serves as the coastal backdrop for this family and coming of age drama, featuring performances by Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams.
Much of the film was shot on location in Manchester, a 5,000-person town known for its beaches and sailing culture.
Dev Patel stars in this film about a young boy who accidentally finds himself alone in the city of Kolkata, India, and must learn how to survive. As an adult, played by Patel, he returns to find his biological mother.
"Stranger Things"—Jackson, Georgia
This summer's breakout hit "Stranger Things" won accolades from critics and fans alike with its unabashed 1980s nostalgia. Though it is meant to take place in Indiana, the show was filmed in parts of Georgia, and a few of the most recognizable locations can be found near the city of Jackson, according to Architectural Digest.
"The Crown"—Kensington Palace in London, U.K.
This Netflix original paints a portrait of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II as a young monarch in the 1940s. Delving into both her personal and political lives, the show offers a new glimpse into the life of the teenage queen.
“La La Land”—Los Angeles, California
"La La Land," starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, reimagines Los Angeles with some of the old Hollywood glamour of the 1940s. With seven nominations, it scored the most Golden Globe nods this year.