AO News Summary: Artists Vik Muniz and Banksy Vie for Best Documentary Feature at Oscars February 27, 2011

January 27th, 2011

Still, Waste Land, via Oscar

Documentary films by Vik Muniz and Banksy have both been nominated for an Academy Award in the same category of Best Documentary Feature. Muniz’s stirring Waste Land and Banksy’s clever Exit through the Gift Shop will face off at the Oscars in Hollywood on February 27, with hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco. The question of Banksy’s presence is especially hyped as the artist’s true identity is entirely secretive—as dictated by his edgy work and persona, he appears only in silhouette throughout his own film.

Still, Exit through the Gift Shop, via Oscar

More text, images, and film trailers after the jump…

Trailer, Waste Land

In Waste Land, Muniz captures on film and photograph the lives of garbage pickers in his native Brazil at Jardim Gramacho, the largest landfill in the world. Known for using trash in his own work, the artist portrays the real-life struggles of people surviving off of others’ waste. With initial intentions of ‘painting’ them in trash, the story takes a different spin as Muniz and director Lucy Walker uncover the humanity of the recycling catadores, helping to produce the artwork themselves and receiving the proceeds after ultimately selling Muniz’s final photographs.

Trailer, Exit through the Gift Shop

Banksy, the unidentified British street artist and political activist, has been nominated for Exit through the Gift Shop. A twisting documentary of a documentary, Thierry Guetta follows the early days of guerrilla street art, featuring artists such as Space Invaders and Shepard Fairey. After finally editing years of footage, the enthusiastic Frenchman’s ADD shown through; so Banksy kept Guetta occupied creating his own art show, in the meantime re-editing the film into its current form.

Oscars, via Idolator

-S. Sveen

Related Links:

Academy Awards [Official site]
Banksy Scores Oscar Nomination for ‘Exit through the Gift Shop’ [LA Times]
Oscars 2011: A Guide to the Best Documentary Feature Race [Entertainment Weekly]
Exit through the Gift Shop [Official site]
Waste Land [Official site]

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