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Oscars Denies Banksy's Disguise Request
By Art / IO, 24 Feb 2011
The masked street artist Banksy has been denied by the Oscars to attend the ceremony in disguise, according to several reports. The British artist’s feature Exit Through the Gift Shop is nominated for Best Documentary at this year’s Academy Awards.
The Academy’s executive director Bruce Davis told the Guardian the reason for turning down Banksy’s request was due to fear of imposters hijacking the ceremony.
“The fun but disquieting scenario is that if the film wins and five guys in monkey masks come to the stage saying, ‘I’m Banksy’, who the hell do we give it to?” Davis told the British paper.
Earlier this week, Banksy’s hand had already been spotted around Hollywood. A few graffiti pieces, including a Mickey Mouse and Charlie Brown spoof, were found in the entertainment district and consequently posted on the artist’s official website.
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