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Jean-Luc Godard won't attend Governors Awards

October 25, 2010 | 11:42 am

Jean-Luc Godard 

After leaving everyone "Breathless" for the past two months, French New Wave auteur director Jean-Luc Godard has notified Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak that he will be a no-show at the Nov. 13 Governors Awards.

The announcement was made Monday by the academy that Godard, 79, the director of such classics as "Breathless," "Contempt" and "Alphaville," would not appear in person to accept his honorary Oscar.

"He reiterated his thanks for the award," Sherak said in a statement, "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 ceremony will pay tribute to Godard through film clips and commentary by those who have been influenced by the director. The academy will accept the award on his behalf and will arrange for the statuette to be delivered to him in Switzerland.

-- Susan King

Photo: Jean-Luc Godard. Credit: Patricia Williams / For the Times