Banksy has had his L.A. artwork vandalized and even taken down and crumpled up like trash, and now he must endure a non-invitation to the Academy Awards, where his documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop, is up for an Oscar.
Banksy likes to disguise his identity and has been known to show up at events in a mask or among an entourage of costumed people.
Academy executive director Bruce Davis gave The Wrap this quote:
“The fun but disquieting scenario is if that 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?”
But jeez. They say L.A. is a tough city. (The old adage: You'll hate it here for your first year). But talk about rolling up the red carpet. Literally. Sort of.
The Beverly Hills-based Academy and the artist seem to have struck an agreement whereby the documentary's co-producer, Jamie D'Cruz, would accept, should it win. (Banksy directed).