Jean-Luc Godard and Francis Ford Coppola to receive honorary Oscars

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
August 25th, 2010

While this is great news, I can’t help but think that this is a back-handed compliment sent out by the Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences.

According to The Wrap, two of cinema’s true juggernauts, Francis Ford Coppola and Jean-Luc Godard, will be given honorary Oscars this year, along with silent film historian Kevin Brownlow and actor Eli Wallach. 

It goes without saying, at least if you know anything about this writer, that these two names are some of the biggest, in my opinion, in the world of film. Godard in particular has made some of film’s greatest pieces of art, particularly my all-time favorite film, BREATHLESS. He not only created masterwork after masterwork (ranging from films like CONTEMPT, to his ode to the American film musical, A WOMAN IS A WOMAN), but with the entire French New Wave collective, which he helped father, he truly changed the way films were made, and what they meant to those viewing them. One of the most distinctly original filmmakers to walk the earth, his entire life, ranging from political beliefs to music tastes, can be seen as simple manifestations of his cinematic style, or vice-versa.

On a much more broad note, Coppola is a much bigger name in the greater scheme of things, with seminal films like THE GODFATHER, APOCALYPSE NOW, and THE CONVERSATION, and while I’m not quite a fan of his work like I am of Godard’s, he has made a collection of films that are above and beyond many that we have ever seen. Sure, his latest work has been underwhelming, and it looks like the Academy doesn’t think either of these filmmakers will win a legitimate Oscar, I can’t help but geek out at the thought of seeing Godard get his day in the Oscar sun come March.

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