Godard to skip the Governors Awards

Posted by · 11:17 am · October 25th, 2010

First it was announced that legendary French auteur Jean-Luc Godard would be one of this year’s Honorary Oscar recipients at November’s Governors Awards.  Then the Academy was having a hard time finding him.  Then Godard’s girlfriend conveyed the sentiment that Godard might think the ceremony beneath him.  Now, the official news drops that — as if we didn’t see it coming — he’ll wait for the FedEx guy to bring it round.  Via AMPAS press release:

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today 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 the November 13th Governors Awards and receive his Honorary Award in person.

“He reiterated his thanks for the award,” reported Sherak, “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 November 13 dinner ceremony, which is being produced by Sid Ganis and Don Mischer, will pay tribute to Godard through film clips and commentary by his admirers. 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.

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  • 1 10-25-2010 at 11:29 am

    Silencio said...

    Good, I wouldn’t go either. If they’re not going to honor these people properly, why bother at all?

  • 2 10-25-2010 at 1:04 pm

    Pete said...

    I am going to venture the guess that with Goddard, it’s got less to do with him genuinly (that’s the key word here) that the Award is beneath him (especially not in light of the thanks I mean why bother thanking people) and more with his desire to uphold a certain type of reputation. Goddard’s stubborness has historically had little to do with reality. I have often wondered if he truly believed things he cliamed to believe.

    So call it a less extreme version of what Sex Pistols did to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In both cases, the people in question are hardly the greatest in their field so I don’t really think that their absences are going to cause too much of a stir.

    Considering his age, I also wouldn’t be too suprised if there are other more practical reasons for not making the trip. Really, this could well be the real factor in play here, even if Goddard is unwilling to state it as such.

    Silencio makes an excellent point too.

  • 3 10-25-2010 at 1:14 pm

    Jake said...

    “In both cases, the people in question are hardly the greatest in their field so I don’t really think that their absences are going to cause too much of a stir.

    I’d say its fair to call Godard one of the most important directors in the history of film. There would be no “New Hollywood” of Spielberg/Scorsese/Coppola/Lucas/De Palma/etc without him.

  • 4 10-25-2010 at 1:59 pm

    Pete said...

    Perhaps I should have been more clear about what I meant by that senstence: In the year when someone like Coppola gets an Award, I really don’t think that Goddard can get away with this Award is beneath me type of rhetoric. I just don’t. And I also don’t think that his non-attending the ceremony is going to have to force people to re-evaluate its merits either. That is all.

    That said, I respectfully disagree with what you said above. And frankly, I am quite sick of people throwing around overstatements with such ease. David did not just defeat Golliath he killed all of the Dinosaurs too. It’s not enough, for Goddard to be credited with kicking of the French New Wave – he has to have given bearth to the modern Hollywood cinema in all of its infinite varieties too. Please.

    And I could have very good argument that if it wasn’t for Truffaut then there would have been no Breathless and without Breatheless… well let’s
    just say that some people consider 1950’s work by Melville to be the real precursor to the movement.

    But first of all, yes, Goddard is important but his importance is of the Sex Pistols variety. I shall not say any more.

    What you fail to recognize is that many of the names of you’ve mentioned are born cinema talents (somr to a greater extent than others) and they would have happened anyway. If you think that someone like Spielberg owns their career to Goddard then you must be high on helium. The 1970s movie brats bled cinema. It was already in them. And frankly, I think they had better influences to guide them along the way.

    Say, ever heard of Chabrol or Rohmer?

  • 5 10-25-2010 at 3:05 pm

    Graysmith said...

    A man who sticks to his principles. Good on him.

    (And it’s not like we’re missing out on anything anyway.)

  • 6 10-25-2010 at 4:00 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Screw him. Once a pretentious a-hole, always a pretentious a-hole.

  • 7 10-25-2010 at 4:45 pm

    Sieben said...

    Pete, I think many people would argue that Godard is indeed one of the greatest in his field. Even if you disagree with that, have the decency to spell his name right.

    Good for him, I say. He probably wouldn’t have attended even if it had been part of the main ceremony, but especially at a time when he and other cinematic icons are being shunted aside in favour of the Zac Efrons and Miley Cyruses of the moment, this seems about right.