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Jean-Luc Godard not attending Governors Awards come Oscar time

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
October 25th, 2010

Because sometimes, there are people who seem to be above arbitrary career-achievement awards.

According to Deadline, The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences has confirmed that French New Wave auteur Jean-Luc Godard will indeed be skipping the upcoming Governor Awards Ceremony, where he will be receiving an honorary Oscar, something he’s never won outright due to some unforeseen reason.

The director will be honored alongside Francis Ford Coppola, silent film historian Kevin Brownlow, and actor Eli Wallach at the ceremony, which will take place on November 13.

Apparently, after saying that he would attend the event “schedule permitting,” he has turned down the chance to come to the event, which is upsetting, if only for the fact that it would have been a hoot to see this guy at what is one of the more stuffier events of the Oscar season. That said, the event wouldn’t have been televised, so I honestly don’t care either way. The guy doesn’t need to be a part of the celebration to be one of the greatest filmmakers of all time.

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