Banksy, the English painter and street artist, is about as famous as someone can be without anyone actually knowing for certain who he is. He almost never appears in public, and on the rare occasion that he does, he reportedly wears a monkey mask.
This years he’s been nominated for and will probably win an Academy Award for directing the documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop.
You’re probably picking up on the problem by now. The Wrap says…
For an organization that prides itself on security and decorum, there’s something unsettling about the thought of an Oscar winner taking the stage in disguise, or trying to accept the award without revealing his identity.
“The fun but disquieting scenario,” said the Academy’s executive director, “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?”
In case that wasn’t rhetorical, here’s my answer: I don’t give a fuck. That’s your problem. I just want to see him win because this is the same guy who was given free reign to do an opening for the Simpsons and he did this. He basically said they were running a slave labor camp. This could be the most interesting thing to ever happen on this dumb show. Or the most terrifying if you’re the Academy. If I were them I’d find out where he was sitting and paint the chair with some kind of liquid cement.