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Banksy's Oscar Reaction: "Last Time There Was A Naked Man Covered in Gold Paint in My House Was Me"

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 25, 2011 at 7:42AM

Rookie filmmaker Banksy's Exit Through The Gift Shop, now nominated for best documentary feature Oscar, is causing the ever-elusive street artist to reconsider the concept of awards. "This is a big surprise," he states of the nomination. "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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Rookie filmmaker Banksy's Exit Through The Gift Shop, now nominated for best documentary feature Oscar, is causing the ever-elusive street artist to reconsider the concept of awards. "This is a big surprise," he states of the nomination. "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."

Banksy first showed Exit Through the Gift Shop at Sundance a year ago; he attended the festival, and left behind evidence of his visit with by supplying the town of Park City with a piece of art that is still on display on Main Street (right). Will he show up for the Oscars if he wins? He sent a strange silent man to the Critics' Choice Awards to accept if he won (non-Oscar nominee Waiting for Superman took the honors that night). One guy is trying to sell Banksy's identity on eBay.

[Park City Banksy photo courtesy That Movie Podcast.]


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Exit Through The Gift Shop has fared well since its Sundance debut, winning critics' kudos. Banksy was even named a Torontoist Hero. If you haven't seen the film, check it out on streaming Netflix.

This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Genres, Independents, Oscars, Documentaries


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.