Saturday 19 January 2019

Will Banksy turn up to the Oscars?

Banksy is keeping everyone guessing as to whether he's going to turn up for the Oscars - but he's making his presence felt in Los Angeles.

A few new pieces of what appears to be his work have cropped up around town, including a billboard tagged with graffiti images of Mickey and Minnie Mouse drinking and smoking with a sexy, scantily clad dancer.

The elusive graffiti star is up for best documentary feature for his directing debut, Exit Through The Gift Shop.

While publicists for the movie and for Banksy himself declined to comment as to whether he'll be at the Kodak Theatre for the ceremony, the Academy says it would be happy to see him.

"Banksy and his folks are keeping things very mysterious," the academy's executive director, Bruce Davis, said. "We certainly are expecting the producer of the film to be with us, Jaimie D'Cruz, but I would not be surprised if Banksy were in the audience as well - but I don't think he's going to be wearing a name tag, so it may not be clear."

Contrary to earlier reports, Davis said the academy did not tell Banksy to stay away from the Oscars for fear that he might cause a disruption at the elegant ceremony.

"Weird stuff happens on the show, and that's the stuff people remember," Davis said. "If that film should win and if something unusual transpires, that is not a bad thing for the Academy Awards."

When Banksy was nominated he put out a statement saying: "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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