Banksy Is Willing To Accept His Oscar

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01.27.11 26 Comments

We talk a lot about Banksy these days, even though we don’t really know much about him. But he is the mastermind behind Vince’s favorite film of 2010, Exit Through the Gift Shop, which was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards. Vince recently wondered who would show up to accept the Oscar if Banksy won and we now have an answer – Banksy.

While the artist didn’t reveal his identity at any point during the film, he implies that he might show up in person to accept the Oscar if Exit wins. You know, for a guy who spends his life in secrecy, Banksy sure does talk a lot.

The graffiti artist, who has never revealed his real identity in public, released a cryptic statement, saying: “This is a big surprise.”

He added: “I don’t agree with the concept of award ceremonies, but I’m prepared to make an exception for the ones I’m nominated for. The last time there was a naked man covered in gold paint in my house, it was me.” (Via NME)

Exit is up against Gasland, Restrepo, Inside Job and Waste Land in the Documentary Feature category, and since I’ve only seen Exit I’m going to predict that it wins. I mean, you have two films with land in the title, so that’s redundant and we can count them out. Inside Job sounds controversial and Restrepo? I don’t even know what that means. Exit gets the gold statue, Banksy accepts and reveals that he is actually Danny Masterson. Damn you, Masterson.

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