On the Academy Awards trail…

With award season in full swing its time to celebrate the National Trust’s stars of the silver screen, especially as no less than three Oscar nominated films feature stunning National Trust backdrops.

Ham House and Garden, London
Anna Karenina Oscar nominations: Cinematography, Costume Design, Music (original score), Production Design

©2012 Universal Pictures. All rights reserved

©2012 Universal Pictures. All rights reserved

In this classic tale of love and adultery set against the backdrop of high society in Moscow and St Petersburg, Ham House, a sumptuous red-brick mansion on the southern bank of the River Thames, was transformed into Count Vronksy’s grand apartments.

To celebrate the Blu-ray™ and DVD release of the film, Ham House is hosting an exhibition showcasing Bafta award winning costumes worn by the likes of Keira Knightley, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Jude Law in Joe Wright’s adaptation of Tolstoy’s epic romance.

The exhibition is now open and exclusive tours are available until 7th March, please visit http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hamhouse or call 020 8940 1950 for full details.

Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire
Les Misérables Oscar nominations: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Costume Design, Make-up, Music (original song), Production Design, Sound Mixing

Ashridge Estate please credit National Trust Images, Michael Caldwell

Ashridge Estate is no stranger to the limelight with Harry Potter and Sleepy Hollow famously shot here.

Based on the long-running stage musical and classic novel by Victor Hugo the film’s stars include Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman.

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France the epic story follows the plight of Valjean, an ex-convict on the run after breaking his parole.

In late April 2012 the cast and crew arrived to shoot in the huge expanse of woodland at Ashridge. A number of scenes were shot, including one where Ashridge stood in for countryside on the outskirts of Paris in the midwinter.

Frensham ponds, Surrey
Snow White and the Huntsman Oscar nominations: Costume Design, Visual Effects

Frensham - Snowwhite and the Huntsman credit Katherine Hill

The medieval style village that was built on the banks around the pond.

In this big screen adaptation of the story, Snow White is tough warrior princess, with a huntsman (hired by the evil queen) on her tail. But when the huntsman and Snow White come face to face, allegiances change and an epic quest to vanquish the evil queen begins.

One of the most dramatic battles takes place at the childhood home of Snow White, a quaint fishing village on the shores of a lake. This village was in fact built on the shores of Frensham ponds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Special Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI), a Special Protection Area (SPA) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), no less.

Find out more about National Trust places that have starred on the silver screen here


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