This year’s Golden Globe nominations put the spotlight on all that is great in the film world, and the latest batch of award winners feature an array of filming locations that showcase the best of London and Britain. Read on to discover some of the best locations to explore, as recommended by the silver screen.
The winner of best drama, Rami Malek’s remarkable portrayal of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury also secured him the award for best performance by an actor in the drama category. Shot across London, notable landmarks used during filming include the Grade II listed art deco Gillette Building in Brentford and Hornsey Town Hall in Haringey. Southwark’s Union Street also doubled up as New York in the biopic, with the picturesque backdrop of the Grand Union Canal near Rickmansworth providing a further spectacular setting for a glimpse into the life of one of music’s most revered talents.
Rosamund Pike’s portrayal of the late journalist Marie Colvin mixes the glamour of London with the stark reality of warzones across the globe. Worthy of a best actress nomination, Pike excels in telling the tale of the renowned Sunday Times war correspondent that put her life on the line to convey the truth to the world. Directed by Oscar nominated filmmaker Matthew Heineman, the film is based on ‘A Private War’, a 2012 Vanity Fair article by Marie Brenner.
The heart of the City of London is a prominent feature as the magical nanny makes her return to the big screen, with Rob Marshall’s work nominated for best comedy or music film. The spectacular Victoria Monument, near to Buckingham Palace, also features in the film that saw Emily Blunt and Lin Manual Miranda put forward for best actress and actor respectively in the music and comedy category.
John C. Reilly was nominated for best music or comedy actor for his representation of one half of iconic comedy duo Laurel and Hardy – starring alongside Steve Coogan. Filmed across Britain, look out for the Lido in Worthing and the Black Country Museum in Dudley, alongside a strand of the Great Central Railway near Loughborough. Birmingham’s The Old Rep Theatre and the Lyceum Theatre and Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden also appear as settings where the star duo perform, alongside the Hackney Empire Theatre and Bristol Hippodrome.
Nominated for 5 awards, A Star is Born scooped the award for best original song. The film sees Bradley Cooper’s character Jack take to the stage to film festival scenes at the iconic Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Both Cooper and his co-star Lady Gaga, playing Ally, were also nominated for best actor and best actress respectively. Held every year, apart from the odd fallow year when the ground is allowed to recover, Glastonbury Festival is the largest greenfield festival in the world, featuring five days of music and performing arts.
The beauty of the Arbigland Estate near Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland provides a chunk of the setting for Glenn Close as she portrays a wife who questions her life choices during a trip to Stockholm with her husband. The winner of the best peformance by an actress in a motion picture award, Close can be seen in the elegant Hutcheson’s Hall in Glasgow, a restaurant and former hospital dating back to 1805 that provides a spectacular urban backdrop in director Bjorn Runge’s drama.
The magnificence of Hatfield House in Hertfordshire provided the predominant filming location for director Yorgos Lanthimos’ period comedy-drama about Queen Anne in 18th century England. Olivia Coleman scooped the award for best performance by an actress in a musical or comedy, while Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz were nominated for best supporting actress, and writing pair Tony McNamara and Deborah Davis for best screenplay. The country house is a leading example of Jacobean architecture, while the surrounding landscape is home to two deer parks and an array of other wildlife.