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Oscars shoot down Banksy’s request to appear in disguise?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Can you remember the last time a director’s film was nominated for an Oscar … and the Academy still has no idea who the filmmaker really is?

That’s kind of the case with the Oscar-nominated “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” a documentary on street artists that was started by French filmmaker Thierry Guetta by eventually hijacked and “repaired” by legendary street artist Banksy (who remains in shadow during the film as he hopes to keep his identity a secret).

The film is nominated in the Best Documentary – Features category, and Banksy is a credited director. But his request to turn up at Sunday’s Oscar ceremony in some kind of disguise has been shot down by the Academy, Metro UK reports.

“The star asked if he would be allowed to accept the prize in disguise if he won in a bid to keep his identity a secret. But Academy Awards bosses turned him down over fears that would invite copycat gatecrashers,” Metro reporters write.

Banksy commented on his nomination in a statement following the Oscar announcements, stating, “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.”

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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