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The Oscars celebrate the best of the year’s acting performances, year in, year out. But what about those all-important non-human actors? Where is the award for best movie house?

Sometimes we overlook the setting of a film because we’re so swept up in the unfolding action. But sometimes we hit upon a film house that becomes a central actor within the story, that sticks in our mind as much as – or more than – the film’s actual cast. Today, the buzzvault teams looks at 5 of the most iconic move houses.

1. Psycho (Universal Studios – Florida)

Psycho house

Psycho was shot on a very tight budget (financed by Hitchcock himself in fact), and thus the iconic Bates’ home was constructed using a mixture of old studio stock units. The menacing house is actually an empty shell, with only two exterior walls, and Hitchcock had to shoot the home from very specific angles as a means of concealing the open interior.

2. Home Alone (Chicago)

home alone house

 The home in which a young Kevin McCallister outsmarted two intruders is instantly recognisable to anybody who has seen the film. The 4,250 sq ft, three-storey house is located in Chicago and was sold for $1.5m in 2012.

3. Edward Scissorhands (Florida)

edward scissorhands home

Not a single house, but an entire suburb! Tim Burton’s classic film required the temporary makeover of an entire street of houses, which were each painted in a faded pastel to give the location a fairytale-like quality. Interestingly, windows were also made smaller, as a means of symbolising the insular suburbanites. This idyllic portrayal of suburban life is later contrasted wonderfully with the numerous shots of Edward’s dark and foreboding abode up in the hills.

4. Scarface (California)

scarface house

Let’s face it, this house will forever be known for the scene in which Tony Montana, standing at the top of the stairs, unleashed hell on all who approached. The Roman-style home is named ‘El Fureidis’, literally ‘Tropical Paradise’, and comes with 10,000 acres of Persian gardens and numerous fountains.

5. Up (Seattle)

Up Edith Macefield house

Okay, so not quite the flying, animated home we know from the movie, but the house which inspired it! This 600 sq ft bungalow dates back to the early 1900s and has recently become symbolic of the fight against commercial development. Edith Macefield, who occupied the property until her death in 2008, rejected an offer of $1m to sell her home, forcing developers to build their five-story project around and above her home.