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Will Bansky go the Oscars?

By Valeria Testagrossa

Exit Through The Gift Shop documentary marking the directorial debut of one of the best known graffiti artists, Bansky has been nominated for an Academy Award.

The evasive artist is up for the top honours together with producer Jamie D’Cruz.

Narrated by Notting Hill actor Rhys Ifans, Exit Through The Gift Shop recounts Guetta's desire to become a street artist himself under the pseudonym of Mr Brainwash.

"It's the story of how one man set out to film the un-filmable, and failed," Banksy said of the documentary.

The film is up against Gasland, Inside Job, Restrepo and Waste Lande at the Oscars.

In a statement Bansky says: “This is a big surprise. 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.”

An internationally recognised figure, Bansky is known for anonymously leaving his signature pieces while refusing to reveal his real name.

In the documentary, the artist himself appears as a hooded figured speaking with an altered voice, which makes him unrecognisable.

After all this anonymity, will the artist appear at the Oscar ceremony?

“I highly doubt it” said John Cooper, director of the Sundance Film Festival, where Exit Through The Gift Shop was premiered a year ago, “would this be THAT moment. I still doubt it. I’ve still never even met him.”
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