Will Banksy turn up at the 2011 Oscar ceremony?

The elusive artist responds to news of his nomination

We were pleased to see Banksy's ace documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop get recognised in the 2011 Oscar nominations.

Whether or not it's an attempt by the Academy to seem cool, we don't care! It's great that the occasionally stuffy Best Documentary Feature category will get a shake up.

Throughout the film, street-artist extraordinaire Banksy keeps his identity hidden via convenient shadows and voice modulation.

Will the artist's identity now be revealed at the 2011 Academy Awards on February 27th?

Responding to the news of the nomination, Banksy released a cryptic statement: "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."

One thing's for sure, the inclusion of Exit Through the Gift Shop is going to make the Documentary Feature category much more interesting this year.

The film is up against GasLand, Inside Job, Restrepo and Waste Land: does it have a shot at gold?

The British artist made headlines worldwide last year when he created a controversial couch gag for The Simpsons, and his subversive artworks have gained him a cult following.

Will Banksy reveal his identity at the Oscars? Will he even take home the award? Comment now!


    • RiotCop

      Jan 26th 2011, 16:41

      Check out the other Banksy Movie here http://www.howtosellabanksy.com

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    • joker16

      Jan 26th 2011, 16:55

      Restrepo was awful!! It's disgusting that it's even nominated.

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    • Hadouken76

      Jan 26th 2011, 17:44

      Hes a minted Chav, he'll probably flog it off to cash converters :D

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    • Desperation

      Jan 26th 2011, 18:05

      I hope he does turn up, so he can be arrested. There's no denying his artistic talent, but graffiti is still a crime. Not only is he a habitual criminal, he's also profiting massively from his illegal activities.

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    • DanRose

      Jan 26th 2011, 20:04

      Oh please Desperation.... there's slightly more serious matters in the world then arresting someone who vandalises....get back to reading your Daily Mail.

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    • andyparkin

      Jan 26th 2011, 20:20

      Got to agree with DanRose. Desperation, you must be a hoot to hang out with. It's things like Banksy's "graffiti" that stop the world being dull. Lighten up. I'm guessing you were the kid at school who grassed the other kids up for drawing moustaches and glasses on the pictures in the text books...

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