"And the Oscar goes to..."

You won’t hear those words until March 2, 2014, when the official ceremony for the Academy Awards, Hollywood’s show of teary speeches and awkward moments, begins. Until then, odds makers will be betting on those most likely to take home one of the coveted statuettes.

Picking the winner in the Best Picture category is going to be very tough, in a year where Hollywood upped its game and produced some stellar movies. Instead, shift your thinking to the tremendous trips and travels that each of them inspires in the hearts of moviegoers.

From the beautiful flatlands of "Nebraska" to the sky-high buildings of Shanghai in "Her", this year's picks are a moving bunch -- not just in the emotional sense -- but in the way that gets you off your couch and onto a plane.

So pick your own favourite -- the one where you never looked at your watch ever once and encouraged your friends to see -- for this year’s Best Picture, then pack your bags and head to destinations that you’ll love, based on these nominees.

  • If you loved the retro ’70s vibe of "American Hustle"..
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    Fans who loved this film about greed and being on the right or wrong side of the law may want to head to Massachusetts where much of it was filmed. Boston doubled as Philadelphia and the shores of New Jersey were recreated here. Worcester and Salem, Mass., were used in the street scenes and you’ll recognize the Essex Superior Courthouse, too.

    If it’s the '70s décor of the film you dig, visit Elvis Presley’s house (pictured) in Memphis or Ol Pejeta House in Kenya, where arms dealer Adan Khashoggi hosted legendary parties.

    Photo Credit: Mr. Littlehand
  • If you were moved to tears by "12 Years A Slave"..
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    Head to Louisiana where some of the film was shot, including the St. Joseph Plantation and Madam John’s Legacy in New Orleans’ French Quarter. You may gravitate towards places like the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee (pictured). The site where Martin Luther King was assassinated in a well preserved, extremely moving time capsule.

    Visiting a place like the John Freeman Walls site in Puce, Ontario, brings the story home as the film alludes to Canada played a major rule in saving slaves through the Underground Railroad.

    Photo Credit: Carl Wycoff
  • If "Her" fanned the flames of passion for modern technology..
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    A lonely writer (Joaquin Phoenix) finds new love with his new computer operating system -- one that caters to his every need. If that’s a concept that appeals to you, it’s time to head to Asia where the service standards at hotels are second to none.

    Try the Four Seasons Hong Kong where staff caters to your every desire even before you think of it. Shanghai is a good option for fans of contemporary architecture. Its skyscraper-laden skyline got a supporting role in Her, standing in for a tidy, pristine Los Angeles of the future.

    Photo Credit: Wesley Fryer
  • If you were attracted by the Texan swagger of Matthew McConaughey in "Dallas Buyers Club"..
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    Ron Woodroof was a real-life, HIV-positive, homophobic electrician and cowboy, the focus of this movie, set in 1985. Let’s focus on the cowboy part of that equation. Tap into your wild-west side at the George Ranch in Richmond, Texas (also McConaughey’s home state).

    If reality creeps into your vacation plans inspired by "Dallas Buyers Club", you’ll have to head to New Orleans, where the film was shot in its entirely in just 28 days. Film setting or not here, Dallas is worth a visit for its exemplary arts scene and BBQ joints.

    Photo Credit: Roy Luck
  • If you were drawn to the flat-out beauty of "Nebraska"..
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    This film channels the fun and frailties of a family road trip, with Bruce Dern travelling from Billings, Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska with his son (Will Forte) in hopes of claiming a juicy lottery prize.

    Check out the real shooting locations for yourself, which also include small towns across Nebraska, Montana and South Dakota. Your own road trip won’t be as tense hopefully and you’ll be able to soak up the stark beauty of the mid-western plains where very little gets in your way of the horizon.

    Photo Credit: Mike Tigas
  • If Judi Dench took you on a sentimental journey during "Philomena"..
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    Like "Nebraska", this film is about an unlikely, awkward trip with Judi Dench playing a woman who wants to go to America to find the son she was forced to give up.

    If you wanted to replicate the journey, you’d have to start out in Ireland. (Killyleagh and Rostrevor in Northern Ireland were used in filming.) Make your way to Maryland and the Washington Memorial in Washington, D.C. Time in the capital and witnessing U.S. political antics at close hand should supply the same kind of wry laughs witnessed in the film.

    Photo Credit: Tony Hsgett
  • If Tom Hanks and "Captain Phillips" left you squeamish about cruises..
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    Fortunately to channel the maritime vibe of this somewhat true story of a boat captain (Tom Hanks) who tries to keep himself and his crew alive after Somalian pirates hijacked their boat, you won’t have to go to Somalia on your next vacation.

    Try Malta, the pretty island in the Mediterranean where much of the filming for Captain Phillips took place instead. It offers much better hospitality to foreigners than seen in the film. It was a major setting for filming Captain Phillips. For travellers, dramatic cliffs, seafood dinners and impossibly blue waters make it a welcoming place.

    Photo Credit: Paul Stephenson
  • If "Gravity" left you feeling spaced out..
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    Neither Sandra Bullock nor George Clooney were really launched into space for their roles as doomed astronauts in this stellar drama, but you can tap into real space technology yourself.

    The National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.(pictured), hold artifacts from the first successful moon landing, Apollo 11, plus 22 other exhibition galleries.

    For something a little more hands-on, feel what it’s like to be shot into space at Walt Disney World’s Mission: Space attraction in Orlando. The centrifugal motion stimulator gives you a taste of gravity forces of 2.5G, something that has made some riders feel a bit green.

    Photo Credit: Mike Myers
  • If The "Wolf of Wall Street" inspired you to say “Greed is good”..
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    Based on the true story of swindler Jordan Belfort, this tale is centred on the greed of Wall Street and New York City naturally shined in the spotlight during filming. You can soak up a bit of the greed vibe yourself with supper at the Shalimar Diner in Rego Park, New York, used in the filming. Alternatively, lean more about the origins of the U.S. banking system with a visit to the Museum of American Finance, located on Wall Street, of course.

    The spoiler to Belfort’s high life and crooked ways was the FBI. Learn more about them and their crime-fighting prowess in Washington, D.C.’s National Museum of Crime & Punishment. There, you'll learn about forensics and see serial killer’s Ted Bundy’s Volkswagen Bug.

    Photo Credit: Goosefriend

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  • "Blue Jasmine" For Best Picture

    SNUBBED: Released in July, Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" received a late surge of awards support thanks to a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/02/producers-guild-awards_n_4532142.html" target="_blank">surprise nomination from the Producers Guild</a>, an often reliable Best Picture predictor over the last four years. Alas, the bump was short-lived: "Blue Jasmine" was left off the final list of nominees on Thursday, though star Cate Blanchett received her expected Best Actress nod for the film.

  • "Her" For Best Picture

    SURPRISE: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/02/producers-guild-awards_n_4532142.html" target="_blank">Despite being nominated by the Producers Guild</a>, it was still touch and go whether Spike Jonze's futuristic love story would make the cut for Best Picture. In the end, "Her" scored its nomination, a boon for a film that struggled at the box office during its opening weekend. Siri, are you happy now?

  • "Saving Mr. Banks" For Best Picture

    SNUBBED: When awards bait doesn't catch favor: Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks" had all the hallmarks of an Oscar favorite -- it's a tearjerker about old Hollywood -- but John Lee Hancock's film never felt like a legitimate awards contender, despite a nomination from the Producers Guild. Perhaps a spoonful of sugar will help this snub go down.

  • "Lee Daniels' The Butler" For Best Picture

    SNUBBED: Back in August of 2013, when The Weinstein Company released "Lee Daniels' The Butler" to much acclaim, it felt like "The Butler" was a can't-miss Best Picture nominee. Then it missed. A nomination from the Screen Actors Guild gave hope to the film's chances, but snubs at the Producers Guild and Golden Globes were too much to overcome. During a year of risk-taking awards contenders, did "The Butler" just feel too safe?

  • "August: Osage County" For Best Picture

    SNUBBED: Time for some truth-tellin': <a href="http://www.vulture.com/2013/05/august-osage-county-trailer-watch.html" target="_blank">from an underwhelming marketing campaign</a> to an <a href="http://www.vulture.com/2013/09/toronto-must-august-osage-countys-end-change.html" target="_blank">iffy debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in September of last year</a>, "August: Osage County" faced an uphill battle to Best Picture recognition. A nod from the Screen Actors Guild gave this one hope, but Tracy Letts' adaptation of his own Pulitzer Prize-winning play likely missed the mark by <em>not</em> being his Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

  • "Philomena" For Best Picture

    SURPRISE: Despite being ignored by the Producers Guild and Screen Actors Guild, "Philomena" had lots of late-breaking momentum heading into the nominations deadline, and The Weinstein Company was able to capitalize on that surge. Credit for its Best Picture nomination is two-fold: British members of the Academy were likely major cheerleaders ("Philomena" scored a Best Film nomination from BAFTA last week, topping features like "Nebraska" and "Dallas Buyers Club") as were older Oscar voters. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/07/steve-coogan-philomena_n_4552345.html" target="_blank">During an event for "Philomena" in New York last week</a>, one elderly AMPAS voter claimed it was his favorite movie of the year. As it turns out, he wasn't alone.

  • "The Wolf Of Wall Street" For Best Picture

    SURPRISE: Even after nominations from the Producers Guild and Directors Guild (for Martin Scorsese), it was unclear if the polarizing "Wolf of Wall Street" would make the Best Picture cut. It did, however, likely because of its love-hate reactions: <a href="http://www.goldderby.com/news/5293/academy-awards-oscars-best-picture-nominations-ballot-film-news-entertainment-516083972.html" target="_blank">with the preferential ballot system</a>, it's easier for a controversial film to earn a nomination than it is for it to win.

  • "Inside Llewyn Davis" For Best Picture

    SNUBBED: What happened here? "Inside Llewyn Davis," a critically adored film from Joel and Ethan Coen, was effectively blown out during awards season, missing on nominations from the Screen Actors Guild, Producers Guild, Writers Guild, BAFTA and AMPAS. (Before "Llewyn Davis," three of the last four Coen brothers' films were nominated for Best Picture.) "Inside Llewyn Davis" will probably go down in history as one of the most egregious snubs in Oscars history.

  • "Dallas Buyers Club" For Best Picture

    SURPRISE: All right, all right, all right! Jean Marc-Vallee's "Dallas Buyers Club" was an awards season dark horse that made good. Not that anyone should be too surprised: support for this one was strong across multiple Academy branches. "Dallas Buyers Club" was nominated for top honors by the Producers Guild, Screen Actors Guild and Writers Guild.

  • "Fruitvale Station" For Best Picture

    SNUBBED: Unlike "Beasts of the Southern Wild," Ryan Coogler's powerful first feature, "Fruitvale Station," couldn't translate its Sundance Film Festival success into an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.

  • Christian Bale For Best Actor

    SURPRISE: It really was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/09/american-hustle-trailer_n_4073955.html" target="_blank">the best he's ever done</a>. Bale, who previously won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, earned his first Best Actor nomination on Thursday. His "American Hustle" performance was a late riser: after missing out at the Screen Actors Guild, Bale scored nods from the Golden Globes and BAFTAs. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/08/bafta-awards-2014-nominees_n_4560756.html" target="_blank">It's that BAFTA nomination</a> which should have set off alarm bells for awards pundits: Bale clearly had significant support from British members of the AMPAS, and it might have been enough to push him over in a crowded category.

  • Leonardo DiCaprio For Best Actor

    SURPRISE: Sometimes incredible performances <em>do</em> earn Oscar nominations. DiCaprio's grip on the Best Actor race was tenuous at best, but a nod from the BAFTA Awards -- and the fact that his towering performance was a career highlight -- helped push him over the finish line. This is DiCaprio's third Best Actor nomination, and second in a film directed by Martin Scorsese.

  • Oscar Isaac For Best Actor

    SNUBBED: Fare thee well, Oscar Isaac's Oscar chances. The breakout star of "Inside Llewyn Davis" gave one of the year's best performances, but as the Joel and Ethan Coen film dropped out of awards contention, his Best Actor candidacy snapped like a guitar string.

  • Joaquin Phoenix For Best Actor

    SNUBBED: Another top lead actor who gave an incredible performance in 2013, Phoenix just didn't have enough support to earn his second Best Actor nomination in as many years. To wit: his performance failed to earn any significant precursor nominations beyond the Golden Globes.

  • Robert Redford For Best Actor

    SNUBBED: After "All Is Lost" premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May of 2013, it was assumed that Best Actor was Robert Redford's to lose. He lost: On Thursday, Redford was snubbed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. What went wrong? Redford didn't really campaign for the award, and his narrative -- that of the veteran star looking for his first acting Oscar -- was grabbed by Bruce Dern. Redford still gave one of the best performances of 2013, but in a crowded year he just missed the cut.

  • Michael B. Jordan For Best Actor

    SNUBBED: "Fruitvale Station" put Michael B. Jordan on the map as one of the best young actors in Hollywood, and it feels like he'll earn at least one Oscar nomination before his career is out. It just didn't happen this year.

  • Forest Whitaker For Best Actor

    SNUBBED: With so many worthy contenders for Best Actor, the very worthy Forest Whitaker didn't earn entry into the final five, this despite a nomination from the Screen Actors Guild in the same category. Why? Look to his role: As the title character in "Lee Daniels' The Butler," Whitaker was forced to internalize so much emotion that he never really had a traditional Oscar scene.

  • Tom Hanks For Best Actor

    SNUBBED: Here's how crowded Best Actor was in 2013: Hanks, who gave his best performance in a decade, failed to earn one of the five slots. While he wasn't a favorite to win, the two-time Oscar winner had been on the short list for a Best Actor nomination throughout awards season. (He earned nominations from the Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globes and BAFTA Awards.) Hanks, alas, wasn't the captain of the this race.

  • Amy Adams For Best Actress

    SURPRISE: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/09/american-hustle-trailer_n_4073955.html" target="_blank">Amy Adams got over on all these guys</a>. The presumed sixth woman throughout awards season, Adams rode a surge of late support to earn her fifth Oscar nomination overall and third in four years. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christopher-rosen/amy-adams-meryl-streep-oscars_b_4523794.html" target="_blank">We're pleased</a>.

  • Emma Thompson For Best Actress

    SNUBBED: No spoonful of sugar will help this snub go down. Thompson was honored with nominations from the Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA Awards and Golden Globes, and she's one of Hollywood's most-loved actresses, but she failed to crack the Best Actress race at the Academy Awards. Look at "Saving Mr. Banks" as reason why: awards voters just didn't take a shine to Disney's tearjerker. It earned only one nomination overall, for Best Original Score.

  • Bradley Cooper For Best Supporting Actor

    SURPRISE: After missing out on a nomination at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Bradley Cooper was considered a bubble candidate for Best Supporting Actor. There was no bursting on Thursday, however, as the "American Hustle" star scored his second Oscar nomination in as many years. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/10/american-hustle-trailer-gifs_n_4074873.html" target="_blank">He's the quarterback</a>.

  • James Gandolfini For Best Supporting Actor

    SNUBBED: Gandolfini, who died in June of 2013, three months before the release of "Enough Said," was a Screen Actors Guild Award nominee in this category, and it was assumed that the actors' branch support -- plus the fact that he was so good in Nicole Holofcener's film -- would be enough to get him some posthumous recognition. In the end, though, his wonderful performance just missed the mark.

  • Daniel Bruhl For Best Supporting Actor

    SNUBBED: Daniel Bruhl, a lead actor in a supporting actor's category, gave one of the year's best performances in "Rush," but the AMPAS denied him a nomination on Thursday. It's a shocker: Bruhl not only had the goods onscreen, but the support off-screen: he had received nods from the Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globes and BAFTA Awards.

  • James Franco For Best Supporting Actor

    SNUBBED: Franco's Alien may have shorts in every color, but not an Oscar nomination.

  • Jonah Hill For Best Supporting Actor

    SURPRISE: We now live in a world where Jonah Hill is a two-time Oscar nominee ... and he deserved <em>both</em> nominations. Hill is bananas in "The Wolf Of Wall Street," and while he didn't score any major precursor buzz for his performance, Oscar voters saw fit to reward the 30-year-old for, among other things, pretending to eat a gold fish.

  • Tom Hanks For Best Supporting Actor

    SNUBBED: Tom Hanks had long been considered a contender in the Best Supporting Actor category for "Saving Mr. Banks," but why? Hanks failed to score nominations from the Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globes or BAFTA Awards, and never seemed like a legitimate player in this race. By missing in the Best Actor race as well, Hanks has the ignominious dishonor of being a two-time snubee in 2013.

  • Oprah Winfrey For Best Supporting Actress

    SNUBBED: A low-class, trifling mistake by the Academy? Winfrey, who at the time of the release of "Lee Daniels' The Butler" in August was a presumed favorite to win Best Supporting Actress, failed to secure an Oscar nomination, despite citations from the Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA Awards. Maybe the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was onto something when the group declined to nominate Winfrey for a Golden Globe Award.

  • Sally Hawkins For Best Supporting Actress

    SURPRISE: The writing was on the wall for this nomination after Hawkins grabbed nods for Best Supporting Actress from the Golden Globes and, more important, BAFTA. That citation, which proved Hawkins had strong support from British members of the Academy, plus the fact that "Blue Jasmine" had a bunch of late-game awards season buzz (it scored a surprise Producers Guild nomination earlier this month), likely led to Hawkins' first Oscar nom.

  • Paul Greengrass For Best Director

    SNUBBED: Long considered a near lock to earn a Best Director nomination for "Captain Phillips," Paul Greengrass was left off the list of candidates by AMPAS on Thursday. It doesn't rank as one of the all-time Oscar upsets, but the snub is still a shock: Greengrass was nominated by the Directors Guild and BAFTA Awards, two significant Academy Awards precursors. He had been a previous nominee in this category for "United 93."

  • Martin Scorsese For Best Director

    SURPRISE: Was Martin Scorsese's Best Director nomination really a surprise? Maybe. Despite nods from the Directors Guild and BAFTA Awards, <a href="http://www.goldderby.com/awardshows/experts/oscars-2013-nominations-nominations/best-director.html" target="_blank">Scorsese only appeared on just over half of the pundits' ballots at GoldDerby.com</a>. This is his eighth Best Director nomination; he won previously for 2006's "The Departed."

  • Joel & Ethan Coen For Best Director

    SNUBBED: While it wasn't a surprise to see Joel and Ethan Coen miss in the Best Director category for "Inside Llewyn Davis," the dismissal still counts as a snub. To wit: the brothers earned Best Director nominations for 2010's "True Grit" and 2007's "No Country for Old Men," winning for the Cormac McCarthy adaptation.

  • Alexander Payne For Best Director

    SURPRISE: Payne, now a three-time Best Director nominee, overcame a snub at the Directors Guild to grab one of the five Best Director slots at the 2014 Oscars. Credit his film, "Nebraska," an awards-friendly black-and-white throwback that provided veteran actors such as Bruce Dern and June Squibb the roles of their respective careers. (Both were nominated, as was "Nebraska," which scored Best Picture honors.)