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Banksy Takes the Oscar Spotlight

Will he show? Won’t he? So far, no one has created more intrigue for this year’s Academy Awards than street artist and documentary filmmaker Bansky. Earlier this week, the artist was told by the Academy that he won’t be allowed to accept his award--should he win in the Best Documentary category for his film Exit Through the Gift Shop–if he shows up masked. The artist never shows his face in public, and typically attends events wearing a monkey mask. An agreement was subsequently reached that producer Jaimie D’Cruz will accept the award on stage if the film wins. But that doesn’t mean Banksy won’t show up to the shindig. And who knows what kind of glorious stunt he’ll pull if he does attend?

The artist failed to show up to a panel discussion earlier this morning that included his fellow documentary nominees. But this week has shown he does have a heightened sense of theatrics. We can only hope he does something to top Michael Moore‘s “fictitious” tirade of 2003.

We know Bansky is in Los Angeles. His art has been popping up all over the city. KLOS’ Cynthia Fox caught up with a restaurant owner who was attempting to clean a newly installed Bansky piece that had been defaced.

All in all, Banksy has been getting more media hype than any other star or film nominated in this year’s awards. Not bad for a street artist in world-wide capital of celebrity obsession.

Photo: TMZ

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