Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop has been nominated for an Academy Award. Awesome. But what if he wins? The street artist is known for keeping his face hidden, and the Academy isn't psyched on what happens if/when they call him up to the Kodak Stage.
"The fun but disquieting scenario," said the Academy's executive director, Bruce Davis, on Monday, "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?"
This is reasonable, given a history of awards show missteps. At a recent luncheon for Academy Awards nominees (which Banksy did not attend), Bruce Davis and Academy president Tom Sherak met with Jaimie D'Cruz, the producer of "Exit Through the Gift Shop":
And on Tuesday afternoon, Sherak told The Wrap that he thought they'd come to an agreement on what might happen if "Exit" wins – a scenario, he hopes, that involves neither Banksy nor anybody claiming to be him.
"The reason we had that conversation," Sherak said, "was that we had 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."
If Banksy isn't comfortable showing his face on the Kodak stage, Sherak said, 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."
The Academy and D'Cruz essentially came to an agreement, Sherak said, that if "Exit" wins, D'Cruz will accept for himself and Banksy, without any additional shenanigans.