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Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop up for Oscar award

Street artist Banksy makes his film debut

Bristol street artist Banksy's film, Exit Through The Gift Shop, has been nominated for an Academy Award.

The film tells the story of a French filmmaker who follows graffiti artists and eventually meets up with the enigmatic Banksy.

Banksy's first film has been nominated in the Best Documentary Feature catagory for the awards which will take place in Hollywood in February.

The film was recently nominated at the Bafta film awards.

Banksy's film will be up against Gasland, Inside Job, Restrepo and Waste Land.

British film the King's Speech led the field with nominations for both Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter.

Exit Through The Gift Shop has already won a string of accolades including at the Cinema Eye Awards, the American Cinema Editors Awards and the Online Film Critics Society Awards.

The graffiti artist's last project was the hugely successful exhibition in his hometown in summer 2009.

The film is named after one of the pieces at that exhibition which saw many hundreds of thousands queue around the block at Bristol Museum.

The 2011 Academy Awards will be held in Los Angeles on 27 February.

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