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Sonoma County on film

When you settle down at 4 p.m. Sunday to watch the 84th annual Academy Awards, you'll see the ceremonies broadcast live on ABC from the Kodak Theatre.

That's in Hollywood, the fabled center of the moviemaking universe. But movies aren't always made in Hollywood. The people of Sonoma County have known that for a long time. For almost a century, the hills, forest, towns and vineyards of our region have served as popular locations for major film makers.

Movies filmed In Sonoma County


Alfred Hitchcock, George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola all have brought their cameras and crews here. And while not every film made here was a classic, nobody's going to forget Hitchcock's "The Birds" or Wes Craven's "Scream."

Press Democrat archives and Sonoma County Film Commission archives show some 100 feature films that co-star Sonoma County. Below are some of the most notable.

There are no Oscar winners for best picture on this list, but it might be surprising how many Academy Award nominees there are. You'll even find a few winners in lesser categories.

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