Mysterious Skeletonized Oscar Statue Found at Runyon Canyon

And the award for best rogue Oscar statue goes to...

Runyon Canyon kicked off its bizarro-Oscar season this week.

Atop the west ridgeline, hikers spotted a skeletonized Oscar statue, first reported. The statue is about 6 feet tall, including its pedestal.

"'Beauty is one snip away' -D*Face," reads the caption.

Hikers stopped for a picture with the statue Thursday afternoon.

Runyon wasn't the only location to receive an award. A Mel's Drive-In Hollywood manager, who asked only to be identified as Sam, told NBCLA that a similar statue has been found in the restaurant's parking lot.

"We don't know what it is," said Sam. "It's nothing that anyone here did."

That statue's caption read, "Beauty is skin deep."

The statues' creator has yet to be identified. Although we do have an e-mail in to a British street artist who works under the moniker D*Face. He has yet to reply.

While we patiently await a reply, Josh Dickey of The Wrap found a source to confirm the origins:

They are the work of a U.K.-based artist who goes by D*Face, said a person with knowledge of the plot to emplace the statues on Thursday morning. The 6- to 7-foot figures, made of a painted resin, were crafted in the United Kingdom and shipped here, the person said.

Despite an earlier report that the Runyon statue was removed, as of Friday afternoon, it was still in place.

Here's the D*Face fan forum mention.

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