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Oscar ballot 2017 provides guide to on location vacations

The August Wilson Center in downtown Pittsburgh hosts

The August Wilson Center in downtown Pittsburgh hosts an exhibit on the playwright and the film adaptation of his "Fences" through March 10. Credit: AP / Gene J. Puskar

A diner in Miami, a NASA field center and a pier in Los Angeles: All are real places that served as the backdrop or filming location for some of this year’s best picture Oscar nominees. If the movies made you eager to visit their locales, here are some suggestions.

1. LOS ANGELES “La La Land” is a musical love letter to L.A. featuring shots of many of the city’s recognizable destinations, including Griffith Observatory, the Hermosa Beach Pier, Lighthouse Cafe, the Hollywood Walk of Fame mural, Angels Flight Railway, Grand Central Market and the Smoke House restaurant.


2. MIAMI Bask in the “Moonlight” city’s settings, such as Virginia Key beach, site of the tender scene depicting the movie’s protagonist as a child being taught to swim. The beach is on the Rickenbacker Causeway, which connects mainland Miami to Key Biscayne. Grab a bite at another of the movie’s locales, Jimmy’s Eastside Diner on Biscayne Boulevard.


3. PITTSBURGH “Fences,” adapted from August Wilson’s play, was shot in his hometown and set at a small brick house at 809 Anaheim St., just two miles from Wilson’s childhood home — which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places — at 1727 Bedford Ave. The August Wilson Center, a multiuse performing arts center, hosts an exhibit with video interviews, costumes and props from the movie through March 10.


4. HAMPTON, VIRGINIA “Hidden Figures” is a true Hampton-set story about three African-American women who worked at NASA Langley Research Center in the ’60s. A new exhibit called “When the Computer Wore a Skirt: NASA’s Human Computers” just opened at the Hampton History Museum. For more insight on the women in the movie, the Virginia Air & Space Center hosts a talk by Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the book “Hidden Figures,” on March 7.


5. CAPE ANN AND THE NORTH SHORE OF MASSACHUSETTS Both areas functioned as filming locations for “Manchester by the Sea.” Gloucester served as the backdrop for a number of scenes, along with Central Street in downtown Manchester and Rosedale cemetery. Local eateries like Willow Rest on Holly Street in Gloucester and Fibber McGee’s in Beverly also have roles in the movie.

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