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And The Academy Award Winning Location Is…

Very few of us will ever know what it’s like to stand in front of the world to accept an Academy Award — but with the help of CityPASS, we can all get a chance to stand in the same places where many of these celebrated movies were filmed. In honor of this year’s 83rd Annual Academy Awards, we have designed a mini-tour of a few CityPASS attractions as real-live movie lots featured in Oscar-winning films.

Movie: Chicago
Location: Casa Loma
This award-winning Broadway musical lives and dies by its Prohibition-era Windy City moniker. But, in reality, the film version of this multiple Academy Award winner — including Best Picture — was filmed in Toronto with several scenes being shot at the former estate of Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, an industrialist whose dream was to live like a king. At 98 rooms, and the largest private residence in Canada, this “castle in the sky” is featured in several of Chicago’s nightclub scenes and doubles as the “office” for Richard Gere and his razzle-dazzling lawyer/showman “Billy Flynn.” Other (non-Oscar winning) films that Casa Loma pops in include blockbusters X-Men, The Tuxedo and The Pacifier.

Movie: Apollo 13
Location: Space Center Houston
Houston, we don’t have a problem, not when it comes to winning Oscar statuettes, as did Apollo 13 in 1996 for “Best Film Editing” and “Sound Mixing.” Directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks, Apollo 13 chronicles the triumphant and true story of one of our countries most harrowing missions to the moon. And at the center of many of the climatic scenes in this film is the Space Center Houston which allows visitors — via the NASA Tram Tour — to see many of the locales featured in the film including Building 30N, home of the “Apollo Era” Mission Control.

Movie: Good Will Hunting
Location: Skywalk Observatory located at The Prudential Center
Much of director Gus Van Sant’s award-winning 1997 film — that was the year Robin Williams won for “Best Supporting Actor” and Ben Affleck and Matt Damon won for “Best Screenplay” — was actually filmed in Toronto. But several scenes required shooting on location in and around Boston. And one of those locales was Harvard University, which just so happens to play a pivotal role in one of this year’s most nominated films: The Social Network. It’s a great year for Boston-based films as both The Fighter and The Town are also up for big awards. One of the best ways to take in the sights featured in all these films is from the Skywalk Observatory located on the 50th floor of The Prudential Building. Offering the best view of Boston and beyond, the breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view might just make you feel like an award winner too.

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