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Visit a Los Angeles of the future with ‘her’

It’s that time of year again… time to enlist the help of flickr photographer citron_smurf and The Oscar Statue Generator to help us pretend there’s a Movie Location Academy Award category and this column gets to choose the winner.

The Best Movie Location Award
derived from a photo by flickr's citron_smurf

And, the nominees for Best Movie Location are:

Los Angeles for ‘Enough Said’

Australia for ‘The Great Gatsby’

San Francisco for ‘Blue Jasmine’

Arkansas for ‘Mud’ and

Los Angeles of the Near-Future in ‘her’

The Movie Locations Oscar goes to… the futuristic Los Angeles in ‘her’…

But you probably guessed that already, right?

In real life, ‘her’ is a nominee in the 86th Academy Awards Best Picture category, as well as four other categories: Best Writing (the original screenplay was penned by the film’s director, Spike Jonze), Best Original Song (for “The Moon Song,” which Jonze co-wrote with the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Karen O), Best Original Score and Best Production Design.

'her' is production designer KK Barrett’s fourth film with Jonze, and the two created the movie's eerily unfamiliar-yet-familiar setting by combining locations in present-day L.A. with others from Pudong, China, near Shanghai. Ann Hornaday, writing for The Washington Post, succintly described the characteristics which earned the film its Production Design nomination:

“Set in a Los Angeles that’s been ingeniously photographed to exploit its most futuristic vernacular…[Jonze] films Los Angeles in neutral tones of blue and gray, with pops of bright red (including Theodore’s shirt) providing startling slashes of contrast.”

We are about five years away from the point in time when a dystopian Los Angeles was envisioned in another film – 1982’s ‘Blade Runner’ from director Ridley Scott was set in Los Angeles circa 2019 – and what Barrett described as the “convenient, comfortable, and bespoke” Los Angeles of the future (an exact year is never specified) in ‘her’ is refreshingly clean, playful and inspiring.

From the 747-balanced-on-its-nose sculpture fronting MOCA’s Pacific Design Center to a would-be-welcomed subway that travels from downtown to the Santa Monica Pier, that’s a Los Angeles we can’t wait to visit. Truth be told, though, it’s a favorite travel destination already; check out for free Los Angeles visitor’s guide information.

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