Feb. 24 marks the 85th Academy Awards, and Hollywood's elite will gather to celebrate 2012's best movies, actors, directors and screenwriters. While the stars are the ones honored on this annual night, we want to highlight some of the top hotels that have played roles in legendary films. Our Startle.com editors went back through the Oscar-movie archives and cast their votes for the hottest hotel cameos over the years.
The St. Regis Atlanta
The Wine Room at The St. Regis Atlanta photo courtesy Starwood Hotels and Resorts
Nominated for two awards this year-Best Actor for Denzel Washington and Best Original Screenplay for John Gatins-Flight filmed scenes in Atlanta at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star St. Regis Atlanta in Buckhead. The glamorous Wine Room was transformed into an executive breakfast buffet for a scene with Washington and his character's lawyer (played by Don Cheadle), and all of the furniture used in the film is original to the hotel. When it's not starring in an Oscar-nominated movie, the Wine Room serves flights and personalized tastings around its mahogany marble-topped sommelier counter.
Park Hyatt Tokyo
Park Hyatt Tokyo photo courtesy Hyatt Corporation
Oscar winner Sofia Coppola's indie hit Lost in Translation won the Academy Award in 2004 for Best Original Screenplay, and included shots of the luxe Park Hyatt Tokyothroughout many of its major scenes. The film's main characters, Bob Harris (Bill Murray) and Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson), spend much of the movie in one of the hotel's best spots: the top-floor New York Bar. Today, the bar still provides incredible views of Tokyo's skyline and Mount Fuji, and serves up classic cocktails, such as Manhattans, Cosmopolitans and caipirinhas.
Hôtel Le Bristol Paris
Hôtel Le Bristol photo credit Hôtel Le Bristol
Hôtel Le Bristol Paris is used to hosting Hollywood A-listers, but playing one is another story. That is until Woody Allen shot much of the 2011 Academy Award-winning filmMidnight in Paris in the exclusive Panoramic Suite. Characters Inez (played by Rachel McAdams) and Gil (Owen Wilson) stay in the suite, which is decked out like a luxurious Paris apartment with antique mirrors, Louis XV furniture, a private gym and a garden terrace. You can spot other locations in the hotel throughout the film as well, including the two-story brasserie 114 Faubourg, where former first lady of France Carla Bruni-Sarkozy makes a cameo appearance lunching.
The St. Regis Princeville Resort, Kauai
The St. Regis Princeville Presidential Suite photo courtesy Starwood Hotels and Resorts
The Descendants took home the award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2012, and the flick showcases the natural beauty of Hawaii's coastline-and The St. Regis Princeville Resort. In the film, George Clooney's character runs along the beach in front of The St. Regis, which is located on Kauai's North Shore, also known as the "Garden Island." The lush waterfront resort is an actual location in the original book, so it was only natural that director Alexander Payne chose to include the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel's lobby and Presidential Suite in the movie.
The Beverly Hilton
The Beverly Hilton
Ben Affleck's 2012 directorial work for Argo has earned him much praise. Nominated for seven Academy Awards this year (including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay for Chris Terrio), the flick based on the 1980 escape of six Americans from Iran during the revolution shot scenes in the Forbes Travel Guide Four-StarBeverly Hilton. The glam Stardust rooftop space serves as the backdrop for the famous cocktail party celebrating the "launch" of the phony movie Argo that the CIA conjured up as a cover to rescue the stranded Americans. The film's staged press conference for Argowas also filmed at the Beverly Hills hotel.