The 84th Academy Awards has been and gone, leaving a trail of sequined frocks and gushing acceptance speeches in its wake. This year’s Oscars saw Meryl Streep, the most Oscar-nominated actor in history, take home the third golden statuette of her career for "The Iron Lady" while black-and-white silent flick "The Artist" and Martin Scorsese’s animated film "Hugo" both scored five awards each.
But while the rest of the world is talking about the red carpet trends and Sacha Baron Cohen’s ill-timed gag (he dressed up as "the dictator" and threw an urn marked "Kim Jong Il's ashes" over TV presenter Ryan Seacrest), we’re thinking about the travel hot spots that will no doubt emerge from the 2012 Oscars....
First up is Paris. "Hugo" and Woody Allen’s "Midnight in Paris" (winner of the Original Screenplay category) both manage to capture the oh-so-romantic magic of France’s capital city. If you fancy a trip to the City of Light, we’ve found a Parisian hotel just five minutes from the Louvre for £89 per room, per night.
The stunning island backdrops in "The Descendants" have already prompted a spike in visitors to what the author of the book (on which the film is based) calls the "real" Hawaii. Our US website has a whole host of Hawaii hotel deals, some on Kauai and some on Oahu, where George Clooney’s character and his family live.
We’d also hedge a bet that fans of grisly thriller “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (winner of the Film Editing category) are as tempted as we are by the greys and whites of wintry Sweden. This offer from Simply Sweden fits our idea of its dark and brutal landscape perfectly -- a trip to Swedish Lapland for $1744 (£1110), with a snowmobile excursion, a stay at a hotel made of snow and ice and one night at a rather eerie-sounding wilderness camp. From the States, flights to Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm & Helsinki on SAS have been discounted for travel June 1 - Aug. 25 from NYC, Chicago or D.C. Roundtrip fares start at $1099.
And finally, an Oscars roundup wouldn’t be complete without paying homage to the world of old movie glamour. Set in '20s Hollywood before the dawn of the talkies, “The Artist” has prompted a wave of nostalgia for the silent era, with a musical based on the life of Charlie Chaplin due to open on Broadway this year. Get there before the hype dies down -- we like this stylish hotel stay in LA, for $185. Be sure to check out the penthouse-level restaurant for panoramic views of Beverly Hills and downtown Los Angeles.