For a very long time, it seemed like every movie was filmed and filmed in New York. If it wasn’t filmed in New York, then a city like Los Angeles or Chicago.
But in recent years, over the past few years, it seems like Buffalo has become a popular destination for filmmakers in Hollywood.
You may remember when John Krasinski filmed A Quiet Place: Part Two in western New York, and there have been other sightings of camera crews in Buffalo and surrounding suburbs over the past two or three years.
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One of the most recent was Guillermo del Toro’s thriller drama, alley of nightmares.
del Toro and actor Bradley Cooper were in Buffalo in early 2020 filming scenes for Nightmare Alley, and especially in Niagara Square at Buffalo City Hall.
Nightmare Alley hit theaters in December and tells the story of Stanton Carlisle (Cooper), who is hired as a carnival showman but quickly makes his way to the city’s elite. The film also stars Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Toni Collette and Willem Dafoe.
On Tuesday morning, news broke that Nightmare Alley had been nominated for not one, but four Oscars at the 2022 Oscars, including Best Picture.
I watched Nightmare Alley last week when it went to Hulu, and it was fantastic. You can definitely see why it has garnered so many award nominations. It might not have exploded at the Box Office (in competition with Spider-Man: No Coming Home and The Matrix Reloaded had something to do with it), but you can see why it was made – to critical acclaim.
It’s also super cool that a lot of it was shot in Buffalo.
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