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Above right: Sandra Bullock, pictured with Ryan Reynolds, took home an Academy Award for Best Actress for her starring role in “The Blind Side” in 2009. Filming for the school scenes took place at Atlanta International School and The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, featuring many of their students as extras. Reynolds was in town a couple of years later, filming “The Change-Up,” which was both set and shot in Atlanta (from October 2010 to January 2011). Open castings were held at Turner Field and other city venues. Several of the bar scenes were shot on location at Joe’s on Juniper, in midtown Atlanta. Right: Grammy Award-winning music artist and actor Tim McGraw starred opposite Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side.” Below: Covington, Ga., doubles as the fictional small town of Mystic Falls, Va., in The CW’s hit TV series “The Vampire Diaries,” co-starring Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder. The main vampire lair was originally the Candler Mansion “Glenridge Hall” in Sandy Springs. Because the location was used so often, the interior of the home was recreated on the show’s sound stages in Decatur.

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Below right: Reese Witherspoon headed to Georgia for her starring role in “Sweet Home Alabama,” which included scenes shot at the historic landmark Oak Hill at Berry College in Mount Berry (The Carmichael Plantation), the streets and storefronts of Crawfordville (the backdrop for the Catfish Festival and other downtown scenes), Starr’s Mill in Fayette County (the glassblowing shop), and Wynn’s Pond in Sharpsburg (where Jake lands his plane).

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Above: Tom Hanks, pictured with his wife Rita Wilson, filmed several scenes from “Forrest Gump” in Savannah in 1994, including the narration of his life’s story on a bus stop bench in Chippewa Square and a press interview on West Bay Street. Hanks won his second Best Actor Academy Award for his role in the movie, which scored five other Academy Awards as well.

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