River Ganges

4.  Gravity (10 nominations including Best Film)

This sci-fi space thriller with George Clooney and Sandra Bullock takes place above the earth outside the space station, using special effects and 3D footage to spectacular and thrilling effect. Virgin Galactic would be the obvious choice as a holiday match but veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski does talk about seeing the sunrise over the Ganges during a particularly memorable scene.

Assam Bengal Navigation’s six-night river cruise, Bengal Despatch 4 The Holy Ganges Downstream on board ABN Rajmahal costs from £730pp for 2014 sailings. The seven-night City of Light Bengal Despatch 9 cruise costs from £853pp including full board, all excursions, and transfers at each end (at Farakka includes train journey connecting to Calcutta). Flights not included. Call 01285 880980 (Steppes Travel) or visit www.assambengalnavigation.com.

Gravity

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