In light of Jean-Luc Godard's companion Anne-Marie Mieville telling a reporter from an Australian newspaper that he won't accept his tribute from the Academy Awards in person, the motion picture academy released this statement on Tuesday:
In response to Academy President Tom Sherak’s letter informing him that the Board of Governors had voted him an Honorary Oscar, Jean-Luc Godard has sent a cordial, handwritten note back to Sherak. In it, Godard graciously thanked the organization for the honor and referred to himself as "the fourth musketeer," in acknowledgment of the fact that three others (Kevin Brownlow, Francis Ford Coppola and Eli Wallach) are among the year’s honorees. His note, relayed to the Academy late last week via an assistant to Godard, indicated that, schedule permitting, he would come to Los Angeles for the November 13 Governors Awards event.
In 2007, the bete noir of French cinema did not deign to travel 600 miles from his home outside Geneva to be feted at the European Film Awards in Berlin. Instead, Godard sent a note that read, in part, "I don't have the impression that I have made a career."