Louisiana has been known as ‘Hollywood South’ due to the number of films being shot in the state, but it is now ahead of California and New York as the number one film production location in the world.

This year’s Academy Awards proved that Louisiana is a great place to shoot films. Four of the six highest-profile Oscars went to New Orleans-shot films. Those included ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ and ’12 Years A Slave’.

From NOLA.com:

A report released late last week by the nonprofit Film L.A. — the city of Los Angeles’ film office — shows that the Louisiana film industry in 2013 overtook that of California for the title of the film-production capital of the world. Of the 108 major-studio productions released into theaters last year, 18 were shot substantially in Louisiana, according to the study. Among them: the Oscar-winning “12 Years a Slave” and “Dallas Buyers Club,” as well as such impressive box-office performers as “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” “The Butler” and “Now You See Me.”

California and Canada tied for second place, with 15 films each, followed by the United Kingdom (12) and Georgia (9). New York was the primary location for just four films last year, tying it with North Carolina for eighth on the list.