Oscar-Winning Settings

Can you name the places that have been primary settings* of films that won the Academy Award for Best Picture?

*Answers must fit the hint given in the third column! For example, if a film is set in Moscow and "City (Europe)" is the hint, then "Russia" would not be an acceptable answer. Asterisks indicate former entities, in which case the modern state/country is always an alternate answer.
FilmSettingType of location
Parasite (2019)City (Asia)
The Shape of Water (2017)City (US)
Moonlight (2016)City (US)
Spotlight (2015)City (US)
Birdman (2014)City (US)
12 Years a Slave (2013)US State
Argo (2012)City (Asia)
The Artist (2011)City (US)
The King's Speech (2010)City (Europe)
The Hurt Locker (2009)City (Asia)
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)City (Asia)
No Country for Old Men (2007)US State
The Departed (2006)City (US)
Crash (2005)City (US)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)City (US)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)Fictional realm
Chicago (2002)City (US)
A Beautiful Mind (2001)City (US)
Gladiator (2000)City (Europe)
Shakespeare in Love (1998)City (Europe)
Titanic (1997)Ocean
The English Patient (1996)Country (Europe)
Braveheart (1995)*Country (Europe)
Schindler's List (1993)City (Europe)
Unforgiven (1992)US State
Dances with Wolves (1990)*US Territory
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)City (US)
FilmSettingType of location
The Last Emperor (1987)City (Asia)
Platoon (1986)Country (Asia)
Out of Africa (1985)*Territory (Africa)
Amadeus (1984)City (Europe)
Terms of Endearment (1983)City (US)
Gandhi (1982)Country (Asia)
Chariots of Fire (1981)City (Europe)
Ordinary People (1980)City (US)
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)City (US)
The Deer Hunter (1978)US State; Country (Asia)
Annie Hall (1977)City (US)
Rocky (1976)City (US)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)US State
The Sting (1973)City (US)
The French Connection (1971)City (US)
Midnight Cowboy (1969)City (US)
Oliver! (1968)City (Europe)
In the Heat of the Night (1967)US State
A Man for All Seasons (1966)City (US)
The Sound of Music (1965)City (Europe)
My Fair Lady (1964)City (Europe)
Tom Jones (1963)City (Europe)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)Country (Asia)
West Side Story (1961)City (US)
The Apartment (1960)City (US)
Ben-Hur (1959)City (Asia)
Gigi (1958)City (Europe)
FilmSettingType of location
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)Country (Asia)
Marty (1955)City (US)
On the Waterfront (1954)City (US)
From Here to Eternity (1953)*US Territory
An American in Paris (1951)City (Europe)
All About Eve (1950)City (US)
Hamlet (1948)Country (Europe)
Gentleman's Agreement (1947)City (US)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)US State
The Lost Weekend (1945)City (US)
Going My Way (1944)City (US)
Casablanca (1943)City (Africa)
Mrs. Miniver (1942)City (Europe)
How Green Was My Valley (1941)Country (Europe)
Rebecca (1940)Country (Europe)
Gone With the Wind (1939)US State
You Can't Take it With You (1938)City (US)
The Life of Emile Zola (1937)City (Europe)
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)Island (Pacific Ocean)
Cavalcade (1933)City (Europe)
Grand Hotel (1932)City (Europe)
Cimarron (1931)US State
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)Country (Europe)
The Broadway Melody (1929)City (US)
Wings (1928)Country (Europe)
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  • Films with no clear primary setting have been excluded, though multiple answers are accepted for a few films. Answers are generally the most specific setting possible (ex. if a film takes place in multiple cities in Russia, then the answer is Russia, not each of those cities).
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Last Updated: Feb 12, 2020
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