Back in August it was announced that Jean Luc Godard would finally receive some much deserved recognition from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. The French director was revealed to be one of the select few to receive an honorary Oscar. Shortly after his name was called, the board tried to get in contact with Godard but to no avail and today, we’ve learned that the director has no intention of attending the special event.
According to Reuters, the reclusive helmer has opted out of traveling to the States to receive his golden statue. The event will take place on November 13th, and will feature a tribute to Godard and his 50 plus years of work in the film industry. The Academy confirms that after a two month exchange, he gave them his final answer regarding his attendance and it was a big, fat “no.”
Academy president Tom Sherak stated, “He reiterated his thanks for the award and also sent his good wishes to the other individuals being honored the same night — Kevin Brownlow, Francis Ford Coppola and Eli Wallach — who he refers to as ‘the three other musketeers.’”
Maybe Godard doesn’t feel like accepting a “career achievement” at this time. We can understand that. Instead of giving people awards during the peak of their careers (when they deserve them) the Academy waits it out until they’re in the twilight years of their lives. Well, Godard’s not going to take it like that!
Do you think Godard is right for skipping out on the honorary Oscars?