Mackinac Island’s Academy Awards Connection


This weekend many of us will settle into our couches and watch the Academy Awards. Movies can entertain us, inspire us, and move us. They capture our imagination and show us how things were, how things are, and how things could be. In 1980 this movie magic and Mackinac Island magic converged for “Somewhere In Time” – which was nominated for an Oscar in 1981 for best costume design.

The “Somewhere In Time” Gazebo on Mackinac Island

Blending romance, science fiction and drama, “Somewhere In Time” utilized Mackinac Island’s timelessness, sweeping landscapes and intrinsic beauty as the backdrop to the story. Starring Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, and Christopher Plummer, the story tells the tale of a Chicago playwright who uses self-hypnosis to travel back in time to 1912 and meets an actress with whom he falls in love.

As the story unfolds, the film showcases numerous Mackinac Island staples. Grand Hotel, Round Island Lighthouse, Mission Point Fine Arts building, the Gazebo just east of Fort Mackinac, and more, are all prominent fixtures throughout the film. And the film also offers a peak at something Mackinac Island visitors aren’t accustomed to: motor vehicles on the Island. That’s right, the film received special permission to bring cars onto the Island for filming.

Since the film’s release, a devout fan base has emerged, which annually recognizes and celebrates it. Every October, the Grand Hotel hosts “Somewhere In Time” weekend. The celebration typically includes screenings, panels, people dressing like the characters in the film, the Grand Hotel orchestra playing music from the film, and more. Jane Seymour has also been a special guest during the weekend in the past, where she posed for pictures and signed autographs for adoring fans. She’s told Forbes that some people still know her best from “Somewhere In Time” and returning to the Grand Hotel is always special.

For fans of the film, a Mackinac Island visit is a must – it doesn’t even have to be during “Somewhere In Time” weekend. And if you haven’t seen it and are already a fan of Mackinac Island, a viewing is definitely recommended. The film does a wonderful job of capturing the Island’s majesty and mystic.

Are you a “Somewhere In Time” fan who’s recreated a scene from the film during a Mackinac visit? We’d love for you to share a photo of it on our Facebook!

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