Monday, March 8, 2010

An alternative Oscar...

'Beauty is one snip away' proclaims this eye-catching alternative Oscar statue resting atop the highest peaks of Runyon Canyon in L.A.
Alternative Oscar statue 2010
This gory piece of street art by U.K. based D*FACE is a bit of a departure from the gleaming perfection of the iconic official Academy Award.
Gory Oscar statue DFACE
Another of these erie six-foot statuettes could also be found in Mel's Drive-in parking lot in Hollywood, right around the corner from where the Oscars are held at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland.
Horror Oscar statue DFACE
Oscar - Beauty is one snip away
This second faux Oscar with its exposed skeletal features, sinewy muscles and missing flesh was inscribed with the words 'Beauty is skin deep' and was apparently removed at the request of the Academy organisers during the Oscars set-up.

Alternative Oscar statue with the equally
iconic Hollywood Sign in the distance
DFACE Oscar Hollywood SignFake Oscar overlooking Hollywood Sign
I'm not sure of the intent of these re-imagined Oscar statues. Is it a jab at plastic surgery loving Hollywood starlets and their Red Carpet antics to attract attention, or an underhanded slur about the state of the Academy Awards and that after 82 years they are becoming tired and decaying?
Macabre Oscar reinvention
Regardless of what the agenda was behind these art installations they make a great talking point and certainly generate a lot of publicity for the artist who created them.
Alternative Academy Award DFACE
It's probably too gruesome a statue to stay for long at Runyon Canyon, but it does make you think that it would be the perfect spot for a permanent sculpture overlooking the sprawling L.A. basin.

Fake oscar statue with Santa Monica in the distance
DFACE Oscar statue Runyon Canyon 2010
What do you think, is this Oscar art or ugly?
Oscar Statue DFACE
Personally I love the glamour and spectacle of the Oscars and I think the ceremony is inspiring and aspirational for thousands, if not millions, of people. In the same way that people thrive on art, I think our society is enriched by cinema and Hollywood (however superficial it may seem at times).

Macabre Oscar overlooking Hollywood
and sprawling Los Angeles
Alternative Oscar Statue Runyon Canyon
Speaking of inspiring film, here are the winners from the 82nd Academy Awards:

Best Picture: The Hurt Locker
Directing: Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)
Animated Feature Film: UP
Actress in a Leading Role: Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side)
Actor in a Leading Role: Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)
Supporting Actress: Mo'Nique (Precious)
Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)
Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Precious: based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire (Geoffrey Fletcher)
Writing (Original Screenplay): The Hurt Locker (Mark Boal)
Art Direction: Avatar (Art Direction: Rick Carter & Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair)
Cinematography: Avatar (Mauro Fiore)
Costume Design: The Young Victoria (Sandy Powell)
Makeup: Star Trek (Barney Burman, Mindy Hall & Joel Harlow)
Visual Effects: Avatar (Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham & Andrew R. Jones)
Film Editing: The Hurt Locker (Bob Murawski & Chris Innis)
Sound Editing: The Hurt Locker (Paul N.J. Ottoson)
Sound Mixing: The Hurt Locker (Paul N.J. Ottoson & Ray Beckett)
Music (Original Score): Up (Michael Giacchino)
Music (Original Song): 'The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)' (Ryan Bingham & T Bone Burnett
Documentary (Feature): The Cove (Louie Psihoyos and Fisher Stevens)
Documentary (Short Subject): Music by Prudence (Roger Ross Williams & Elinor Burkett)
Foreign Language Film: The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos) Argentina
Short Film (Animated): Logorama (Nicholas Schmerkin)
Short Film (Live Action): The New Tenants (Joachim Back & Tivi Magnusson)
Fake Oscar statue Runyon Canyon 2010
I thought the Oscars ran fairly smoothly this year, the only glitch for us was when our DVR failed to record the last half hour of the show as it overran and we missed the last four main categories. So I'm thankful for the internet and its wonderful ways.
Macabre Oscar revamp
Come back soon for more interesting stories behind-the-scenes in Hollywoodland...

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