Gone are the days of an apolitical Oscars ceremony. Hollywood's biggest night has become an evening when the film industry's elite take aim at the discourse in the country and the world and let their opinions be known.
Ahead of this Sunday's 90th Academy Awards, a street artist by the name of Sabo has taken inspiration from the Oscar favorite Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, to erect billboards of his own that call attention to the problems that are permeating the industry. The billboards, all in Hollywood, California, read: "We all knew and still no arrests," "And the Oscar for the biggest pedophile goes to...," and "Name names on stage or shut the hell up!"
It was the second sign in Three Billboards, the one reading "And still no arrests?," that spurred Sabo on. "My ultimate goal for these billboards is that maybe I might break the actors' facade during the [Oscars] show because I know that if they had it their way, they would act as if nothing was going on and nothing happened," Sabo told EW over the phone. "They would have their show and be done with it."
Amid all the allegations and accusations within the industry, especially those concentrated on Harvey Weinstein, there have been no arrests made. Sabo was recently part of an effort to put posters up of Meryl Streep around L.A. whose art implied the actress knew of Weinstein's illicit behavior. All things considered, this Sunday's Academy Awards will surely be one to remember. Read the full EW interview, here.