Academy says director won't be in attendance for honor

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that director Jean-Luc Godard will not be able to attend the Nov. 13 Governors Awards and receive his honorary award in person.

“He reiterated his thanks for the award,” said AMPAS prexy Tom Sherak in a statement. “And 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.'”

Nov. 13 dinner ceremony, produced by Sid Ganis and Don Mischer, will pay tribute to the helmer through film clips and commentary. The Academy will accept Godard’s award on his behalf and arrange delivery of his Oscar statuette to him in Switzerland.

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