Performance artist /graffiti painter /political activist Banksy is supposedly the director of the film Exit Through The Gift Shop nominated for the Best Documentary Feature Oscar. Internet reports all week have claimed he is banned from attending the awards in disguise (he wanted to come dressed as a monkey). But Academy president Tom Sherak tells me in an interview that’s not true. Noting how competitive almost all the categories are this year, including Documentary, Sherak said, “The media is making it exciting with all the questions about Banksy. I think it’s all good and if he shows up, he shows up. I won’t stop him.”
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