Osage County among Top Five Scenic Locations for film in 2013

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital
Osage County among Top Five Scenic Locations for film in 2013

As the year in movies draws to a close with this past Sunday’s Academy Awards telecast, USA Today recently released their selections for the Top Five Scenic Locations for Film in 2013 and Osage County is high on the list.

Oklahoma ranks among this year’s selections due in part to the state’s recruitment of the acclaimed film production, “August: Osage County.”

Adapted from Oklahoman Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, the film was shot on-location utilizing the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program in the fall of 2012 in its namesake, Osage County.

“I thought the landscape and language were so intrinsically important,” Director John Wells said. “It was important not to walk off a set into Burbank, California, but into a prairie.”

Among the film’s locations to be included on-screen are the Tallgrass Prairie Reserve, Osage Hills State Park and the communities of Barnsdall, Bartlesville and Pawhuska, home to the film’s main location — the Boulanger House.

While promoting “August: Osage County” late last year, the film’s stars, including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, and Abigail Breslin, spoke positively of the production’s shoot on-location.

“Of all the places I’ve filmed, that’s the one I feel most drawn to return to …” said Streep as reported by Variety during a special Screen Actors Guild screening of the film. Adding on The Ellen Degeneres Show, “Oklahoma is … so shockingly beautiful … the sky is huge, and it’s spiritual, beautiful.”

Both Streep (Best Actress) and Roberts (Best Supporting Actress) have received Academy Award nominations for their roles in “August: Osage County,” putting Oklahoma in the spotlight once again during the awards telecast on Sunday on ABC.