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You have to hand it to Banksy. The British pseudonymous graffiti artist has successfully made his mark in the creative world without revealing his true identity. Such a feat is pretty incredible considering today’s manic stream of social media channels.

And if it was up to him, he’d be incognito at this Sunday’s (February 27) Oscars ceremony should his 2010 film, Exit Through the Gift Shop, pick up the Best Documentary Feature trophy.

Well that’s a no go. According to The Metro, Banksy has been denied permission to dress in disguise “over fears that would invite copycat gatecrashers.”

“The fun but disquieting scenario is that if the film wins and five guys in monkey masks come to the stage all saying, ‘I’m Banksy,’ who the hell do we give it [award] to?” Academy Executive Director Bruce Davis told Entertainment Weekly.

In recent weeks, Banksy has allegedly left his famous stamp all over Los Angeles. A ciggy-smoking Charlie Brown with a can of gasoline has popped up, as has a giant mural featuring a hooded Oscar statuette surrounded by a bunch of Star Wars stormtroopers (pictured above). Something tells us Banksy isn’t leaving town just yet.

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By MacKenzie Wilson