February 23rd, 2011
12:00 AM ET
The jig is up for Banksy. The British street artist, who until now has hidden his identity, has been denied permission to appear in disguise at the Academy Awards, where his critically acclaimed documentary "Exit Through the Gift Shop" is up for an Oscar.
"The fun but disquieting scenario is that if the film wins and five guys in monkey masks come to the stage all saying, 'I'm Banksy,' who the hell do we give it to?" says Academy executive director Bruce Davis.
According to the Guardian, Banksy likely will not attend Sunday night's ceremony at L.A.'s Kodak Theatre, but will be in the area.
"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," Banksy, who counts Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie among his fans, said of his Oscar nomination. "The last time there was a naked man covered in gold paint in my house, it was me."
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