The British street artist is nominated for his documentary "Exit Through the Gift Shop," which examines graffiti art and, more specifically, the relationship between Banksy and a Frenchman who wants to track him down.
Despite the Oscar nod, we don't actually know what he looks like. The highly secretive Banksy likes to stay incognito so he won't be prosecuted; even in "Exit Through the Gift Shop," Banksy keeps his face covered.
But the Academy doesn't want any masked artists at its awards. "If Banksy isn't comfortable showing his face on the Kodak stage, Sherak [Academy president Tom Sherak] said, then the Academy isn't comfortable having him on that stage," wrote The Wrap's Steve Pond.
This has led to a riotous guessing game on Twitter, as people try to predict whether Banksy will crash the proceedings -- or whether he's been hiding in plain sight all along.
Will we see Banksy imposters tonight?
You guys do realize that ANYONE can show up to the Oscars and say they're Banksy tonight, right?
Maybe Banksy is actually one of our illustrious hosts for the evening.
Banksy is James Franco, isn't he?
$20 says Banksy shows up to the Oscars and reveals himself to be @JamesFranco.
Perhaps Banksy is stowing away somewhere?
Banksy is in Natalie Portman's uterus. #OscarSpoilers
This is another so-crazy-it-could-be-true theory.
Over/under on Banksy revealing himself to be Charlie Sheen?
This one also brings off-the-wall appeal.
Hey, how was brunch? Oh, by the way, Oprah is Banksy and there is no god.
Joan Rivers is said to be annoyed that her documentary, "A Piece of Work," wasn't nominated this year. Perhaps she will exact some Banksy-related revenge?
@charmedimsure Im thinking a Joan Rivers mask could work for Banksy. It works for her.
Wherever he may be, the potential has attracted a few extra viewers tonight.
If Banksy crashes the Oscars it would be amazing
Perhaps all the fun is in the guessing, as this tweeter points out.
If Banksy actually reveals himself will anyone actually believe it isn't a hoax?
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