BIARRITZ, France — French film maestro Jean-Luc Godard won’t attend the Nov. 13 ceremony to collect his honorary Oscar.
While the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has been trying to reach Godard in vain for two weeks to tell him about the award, the director’s girlfriend told a journalist for the Australian — who door-stepped their home in Switzerland — that Godard wasn’t interested in flying to Los Angeles for the occasion because “it’s not the (real) Oscars.”
“At first he thought it was going to be part of the (February) ceremony, then he realized it was a separate thing in November,” Anne-Marie Mieville told the Australian.
She added Godard, 79, was too old to fly that far “for a bit of metal.”
Mieville suggested that Godard would send someone from his production team to represent him at the event.
It’s not the first time the Gallic helmer has declined to attend a film ceremony. He didn’t attend this year’s Cannes Film Festival, even though his “Socialism” was playing Un Certain Regard; and he was a no-show at the 2007 European Film Awards where he was honored with a lifetime achievement laurel.