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Oscar week – Part Deaux

February 24, 2011

No, not that Oscar.

The 83rd Academy Awards Ceremony is this Sunday evening, live from Tinsletown. Historically there is usually a bit of pre-Oscar buzz surrounding circumstances in the main categories. Things seem to be quiet on the Oscar front..

That is until you get to a category most award viewers care little, if any, about. Yes, I’m talking about the Best Documentary Feature. As it happens something extraordinary has occurred in this group of nominees. I have actually seen one of the nominated films.

Exit Through the Gift Shop is a documentary filmed by an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker as he attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, the highly secretive and elusive London street artist. The film is as much about the cameraman, Thierry “Terry” Guetta (aka Mr. Brainwash), the wild and crazy Frenchman who joined Banksy on many of his outdoor art campaigns.

For those of you with Hulu+, you can see Exit Through the Gift Shop, in its entirety. Consider this my recommendation.

So how has this rather benign documentary become so controversial for the powers to be over at the Academy offices? According to Media Bistro, a campaign of support for Banksy, in the form of drive-by street art, has been popping up all over Los Angeles for several weeks now. Academy Awards officials have officially declared that the artist known as Banksy will not be allowed entrance into the Awards show. Too bad — so sad.

I wonder if he will be allowed to paint the Red Carpet.

More about this story at: The Guardian.UK

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