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Posted by Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

The Academy Awards are this weekend, and this year there are several nominated movies that were produced in Massachusetts or feature Massachusetts natives.

Download our location guide for The Holdovers

Download our location guide for American Fiction

 

The Holdovers

Massachusetts acts essentially as a supporting character in Alexander Payne’s dramedy about a teacher chaperoning students over Christmas break in a fictional 1970s New England boarding school. The film’s stars, Best Actor nominee Paul Giamatti, Best Supporting Actress nominee Da’Vine Joy Randolph, and Dominic Sessa, filmed all over Massachusetts in winter 2022, with interiors from several different schools around the state making up the plot’s fictional Barton Academy. Filming took place in Shelburne Falls, Southborough, Deerfield, Berlin, Clinton, Groton, Fairhaven, Roslindale, Cambridge, Boston, Saugus, Somerville, Wakefield, and Worcester. The Holdovers is nominated for five awards, including Best Picture.

 

American Fiction

Best Actor nominee Jeffrey Wright plays a struggling Boston novelist who returns to his family’s coastal vacation home while developing his new book in this biting satire that also stars Tracee Ellis Ross and Best Supporting Actor nominee Sterling K. Brown. Filming occurred in Scituate, Boston, Brookline, and West Roxbury in summer of 2023. American Fiction is nominated for five awards, including Best Picture. Producer Ben LeClaire is a native of Scituate.

 

Maestro

Bradley Cooper directed and stars in this biopic of composer and Massachusetts native Leonard Bernstein.  Bernstein was born in Lawrence, and often spent his summers conducting and teaching at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts. Maestro filmed at Tanglewood for a week in May 2022. The movie marks the famed venue’s motion picture debut. The movie premiered in Great Barrington. Maestro is nominated for seven awards, including Best Picture.

 

20 Days in Mariupol

Best Documentary Feature nominee 20 Days in Mariupol, already a winner at the British Academy of Film and Television awards and at the Sundance film festival, chronicles a team of Ukrainian journalists as they cover the ongoing war. The film was produced by Frontline at WGBH in Boston, in partnership with the Associated Press, and made its premier on WGBH and other PBS stations in November of 2023. Producer and editor Michelle Mizner and Executive Producer Raney Aronson-Rath both work as part of the Frontline team in Boston.

 

Other Nominees

Legendary composer John Williams earned his 54th Academy Award nomination for his score for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. Williams was the principal composer of the Boston Pops Orchestra from 1980 to 1993, and still performs select concerts with them at Tanglewood each summer.

Christopher Nolan’s epic Oppenheimer was nominated for a ceremony-high 13 awards. The film features famous Massachusetts native Matt Damon in a supporting role.

Barbie, nominated for 8 awards including Best Picture, features Sudbury native Scott Evans in a supporting role as one of many Kens. West Newbury native John Cena also appears in a cameo role.

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