Visiting the Best Pictures (2011 Nominees): Part One

Maybe you'll never get a star on the sidewalk or find a swarm of paparazzi outside your door, but with the information we've gathered, you can visit and play in the places movies were made.

The list below features movies up for the 2011 "Best Picture" Academy Award.

Nominated Film: 127 Hours

Where it was filmed: Around Moab, Utah in some of the most desolate and beautiful places in America.

Where you can go: In addition to the magnificent Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Dead Horse State Point, families with young children will love Moab Rotary Park. Rotary Park features outdoor musical instruments (xylophones, drums, and chimes), a playground, and a bridge over a small stream that's perfect for playing Pooh Sticks.

Nominated Film: Black Swan

Where it was filmed: In and around Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Where you can go: Parts of the movie were shot at the Bowling Green in Lower Manhattan, and at the Brooklyn Museum.

Nominated Film: The Fighter

Where it was filmed: Lexington and Lowell, Massachusetts; and Los Angeles.

Where you can go: In Lowell, muse on Jack Kerouac at the Kerouac Commemorative Park. In the summer, cool off at the sprayground at Shedd Park.

Nominated Film: Inception

Where it was filmed: Los Angeles, Alberta, England, Paris, Tokyo, and Morocco.

Where you can go: While I'm sure Fes has some nice parks, here in the States, you can fuel your dreams at Leo Carrillo State Beach.

Nominated: The Kids are Alright

Where it was filmed: Los Angeles

Where you can go: Love it or hate it, L.A. always makes an impression. Learn some history at the La Brea Tar Pits, or just head out to the beaches of Malibu.

Great info!

I've only seen "The Kids Are Alright" and have been to LA but this is a great resource for trying your hand at living the dream!