Plastic Jesus

Now that the Academy Awards are just two days away, it's like a spooky full moon has risen over Los Angeles, turning casting assistants into werewolves and turning werewolves into $167,000 swag bags. Things are getting weird.

The party started early for the life-size Oscar statue that appeared at Hollywood and La Brea yesterday morning, crouched on all fours and snorting cocaine.

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This is the work of street artist Plastic Jesus, who installed an eight-foot-tall Oscar statue injecting heroin at the same intersection this time last year. According Plastic Jesus collaborator Nick Stern, this piece is intended as a commentary on "Hollywood’s hidden problem of drug addiction."

Later that same day, Fusion's own Elisa Rodríguez-Vila witnessed this scene at Highland and Yucca — just around the block from the allegedly super-cockroach-infested Dolby Theater, where the Academy Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday night.

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Credit: Elisa RodrĂ­guez-Vila

A bomb threat led investigators to a strip mall parking lot, where an oddly endearing robot was dispatched to investigate a suspicious car. Fortunately, no explosives were found.

Good on you, tiny little robot. May all your dreams of big-screen stardom come true.

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Molly Fitzpatrick is senior editor of Fusion's Pop & Culture section. Her interests include movies about movies, TV shows about TV shows, and movies about TV shows, but not so much TV shows about movies.