For the Oscars 2021 on April 25, Sweden’s remote lighthouse island of Pater Noster will be in the spotlight. While just four actors and one director will bring home the gold in the top individual categories, all 24 Oscars nominees receive a gift bag including a stay at Pater Noster lighthouse-turned-hotel perched at the edge of the archipelago in one of Sweden’s most barren, windswept locations.
Built in 1868 by the acclaimed engineer Gustav von Heidenstam, the then state-of-the-art lighthouse Pater Noster made the dangerous North Sea waters safer for seafarers.
The island was inhabited by lighthouse keepers and their families, with the occasional shipwreck survivor, for more than a century. Since then the buildings have been renovated to retain as much of their original identity as possible, and in 2020 reopened as a sustainably operated hotel and conference venue.
The hotel sleeps 18 in nine rooms, and during the summer offers an exhilarating outdoor stay with incredible views of the sea and the stars. Dinner is served in the Boathouse, the Lighthouse Keeper’s dining room or – weather permitting – outside, and the menu is planned around the day’s fresh catch of seafood. Guests arrive by helicopter or rib boat from Marstrand or Gothenburg.
In addition to winning first prize in the prestigious Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design last year, Pater Noster landed massive media coverage for the initiative The Isolated Cinema, a partnership with Gothenburg Film Festival, in which one film enthusiast – a Swedish nurse – stayed in total isolation on the island for a full week in January with the festival films as her only companion.
Now only time will tell if Glenn Close, Anthony Hopkins, Viola Davis, Gary Oldman or any of the other Hollywood stars will be as brave and book a stay at this lighthouse on a desolate island in the North Sea.
Normally taking place in February or March, the Oscars ceremony is postponed until April 25 this year due to the pandemic. Only nominees, their guest and presenters are being permitted to attend the ceremony in person at the legendary Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
Though not officially affiliated with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, every Oscar nominee – win or lose – in the Best Actor/Actress, Best Supporting Actor/Actress, and Best Director categories, receives a high-end gift bag often consisting of wellness products, exclusive memberships, hotel stays, and jewelry. The value of last year’s gift bag totaled $225,000.
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