It's Official: Jean-Luc Godard Won't Make Trip to Governors Awards

Jean-Luc Godard will not be attending the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards, which will be held on Nov. 13.

Ever since the Academy announced back in August that it would celebrate the iconoclastic director’s career, it’s been an open question whether Godard would actually attend.

Monday, the Academy announced that “following a two-month-long cordial exchange of correspondence with Academy president Tom Sherak, Jean-Luc Godard has regretfully notified Sherak that he will not be able to attend
... and receive his Honorary Award in person.”

No specific reason was given for Godard’s decision.

According to Sherak, Godard “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.’ ”

The Nov. 13 dinner ceremony, which will be held at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland and which is being produced by Sid Ganis and Don Mischer, will pay tribute to Godard through film clips and commentary by his
admirers, the Academy said.

The award will be accepted on Godard’s behalf by the Academy and following the event, the Academy will arrange for the Oscar statuette to be delivered to him in Switzerland.