Check This Out: Banksy's Oscar Street Art, or Just Mr. Brainwash?
One of the surprise Oscar nominations this year is for Banksy's street art documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop, which was not only one of Sundance 2010's hits, but has gone on to achieve a cult status. When he received the nom, Banksy said in a statement: "I don't agree with the concept of award ceremonies, but I'm prepared to make an exception for the ones I'm nominated for." Now a giant street art mural has been discovered in Los Angeles (by LAist and Movieline) and it looks like it's either a Banksy creation in support of his Oscar nomination or work by Mr. Brainwash (most likely the case). Either way, it's pretty damn cool.
As much as we'd all love to believe that Banksy is making his mark on Hollywood with this awesome bit of art, both LAist and Movieline seem to believe this is the work of Mr. Brainwash (aka Thierry Guetta), the artist who is the focus of the Exit Through the Gift Shop doc. It was found on La Brea Ave. near San Vicente which is where an Oscar-themed Marion Cotillard piece was found in 2008. No matter who's creation it is, I totally love it, and I would love to see Banksy take home the Oscar (wouldn't that be something). The awards anticipation is already exciting, but seeing this and knowing there's some mystery behind it makes me more excited to see of Exit Through the Gift Shop can rock the Academy Awards. Who wants Banksy to win?