Location… Location… Location... Just like actors, scripts and special effects, location can make or break a film.
In honor of the 87th Academy Awards, we’re giving you an inside look at famous movie homes from eight of our favorite past, present and possibly future Oscar-winning films.
Famous Movie Home #1. Driving Miss Daisy
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In 1990, Driving Miss Daisy swept the Academy Awards, taking home four Oscars, including Best Actress, Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Makeup.
This small, low-budget movie was filmed on real locations throughout Atlanta, Georgia, including this suburban home in Druid Hills. Its mid-century charm made it the ideal setting for the home of the film’s leading character, Daisy Werthan.
Fun Fact: In 2013, this 6,140-square-foot house went on the market for a lofty price tag of nearly $2 million.
Famous Movie Home #2. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button witnessed amazing success at the 2009 Academy Awards, winning Best Achievement in Art Direction, Best Achievement in Makeup, and Best Achievement in Visual Effects. Much of the filming took place at this 7,800 square-foot mansion in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Fun Fact: At auction in 2009, this stunning home featuring 6 bedrooms, a music room, a library, and a reception hall sold for $2.85 million.
Famous Movie Home #3. Gone Girl
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A 2014 box office hit, Gone Girl is nominated for Best Actress, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Original Score. The chilling film takes place in Cape Girardeau, Missouri where Nick and Amy Dunne play the dangerous game that is their marriage.
Fun Fact: Because this house is a private residence, neighbors were asked not to mow their lawns for several weeks to give the impression of an economic recession.
Famous Movie Home #4. The Imitation Game
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2015 Oscar nominee The Imitation Game is a film based on the real life story of renowned mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing. In the film, Turing and his team of code-breakers race against time as they try to crack the Nazi code used in World War II.
This magnificent mansion at Joyce Grove estate was used as the backdrop for exterior shots of Bletchley Park, Britain’s top-secret Government Code and Cyber School.
Fun Fact: Apple’s logo has often been mistaken as homage to Alan Turing, who died from cyanide poisoning after taking a bite out of an apple.
Famous Movie Home #5. The Godfather
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The Godfather commandeered the 45th Academy Awards, winning Best Actor, Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. The exterior and nearby gardens of this 6,248 square-foot home were the backdrop for Corleone’s daughter’s wedding at the beginning of the iconic 1972 movie.
Fun Fact: Make an offer they can’t refuse, and the Corleone family home is yours! In 2014, it went on the market for a whopping $2.895 million.
Famous Movie Home #6. Forrest Gump
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The iconic Alabama home of Forrest Gump, one of the most beloved characters in American motion picture history, helped the film catch five Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Director.
Fun Fact: It may look like it’s been around for decades, but this house was actually built strictly for the production of the movie and was immediately torn down after filming. As it turns out, this house wasn’t even located in Alabama; rather it was constructed in South Carolina.
Famous Movie Home #7. Atonement
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With eight nominations and two wins at the Oscars, Atonement definitely deserves a spot on our list. This film took home Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures and Best Original Score, but the beautiful countryside mansion it took place in could have won its own Oscar. This Victorian mansion, which served as the Tallis family home, offers a unique blend of classic and modern design.
Fun Fact: Completed in 1892, this 90-room castle was designed for modern-day luxuries like heating and electricity.
Famous Movie Home #8. The Sound of Music
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Recognize this gorgeous mansion? It’s the back of the Von Trapp family’s Austrian home in the well-known musical, The Sound of Music. In the 38th Academy Awards, The Sound of Music won five awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Sound, Best Film Editing and Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment.
Fun Fact: The Sound of Music surpassed Gone with the Wind as the most commercially successful, highest grossing film of all time. Adjusting for inflation, it remains the third highest grossing film of all time.