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Will Banksy personally accept the Oscar if EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP wins?

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
February 10th, 2011

Not only is the documentary about notorious street artist Banksy shrouded in mystery (in respects to its validity as an actual "documentary"), but Banksy himself is consistently shrouded to ensure that his identity remain secret. So, the question is - what will happen should EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP take home the little gold man for "Best Documentary" come Oscar night? No one knows for sure, but there's no denying it will be interesting and innovative, just like everything else the icon is a part of.

In talking to The Wrap, The Academy’s executive director Bruce Davis gave his best guess:

"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? [The Academy] needs to have a procedure in place....That’s the fun part of this job. There’s always some crazy-ass wrinkle you never thought of before."

I know that I personally want to see the film win in the category, not just for the fact that it absolutely deserves it (and as a result would add another intricate layer to its commentary about the production and consumption of art) but it would undoubtedly prove to be the most memorable acceptance speech in the history of the Academy Awards.

That is if the stuffy suits let it happen. AMPAS president Tom Sherak and Davis recently met with the film's producer, Jaimie D'Cruz, to address the issue. Sherak had this to say:

"We suggested to them that it might be a good idea that if he did win, one of them would accept in his place – that it would not be dignified for the Academy to have somebody come up wearing a monkey's head."

(In reality, Banksy isn't known to commonly wear the aforementioned ape mask)

Right, because Banksy has a reputation of following directions and adhering to rules of society and its organizations. I guess we'll see if he plays nice come February 27th.

Should the Academy let Bansky accept his award in his own way? Why not let Mr. Brainwash accept the award on Bansky's behalf? That could prove to be equally as entertaining.

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