If you haven't watched the documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop yet, then you should do so soon. It's one of the best films of 2010, and it's sure to win the Best Documentary award at the Oscars this year. The only problem is the Academy doesn't know what to do when it does win. Who do the give they award to? Banksy is known for wearing disguises such as dark hooded sweatshirts, and even monkey masks. He's even sent other people to fill in for his absense. The fact of the matter is he's never made a public appearence. The street artist didn't even show up for the annual Oscar luncheon. The big question remains... if he wins, who will go up to accept the award?
The Academy's executive director, Bruce Davis had this to say:
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 hopes that the acceptance of the Oscar doesn't come from either Banksy or anybody claiming to be him. They want "to make sure we were all comfortable with what would happen if he was to win, knowing that he doesn't want anybody to know who he is."
Academy president Tom Sherak went on to say,
If Banksy isn't comfortable showing his face on the Kodak stage, then the Academy isn't comfortable having him on that stage. 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.
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out at the Oscars this year. I think it will be one of the most anticipated moments at the awards.