Jean-Luc Godard, the acclaimed New Wave filmmaker and one of the three just-named recipients of the 2011 Honorary Academy Awards, was supposed to have showed up in person to receive the 2007 European Film Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award. At the last minute, however, Godard opted to stay home.
"I say at the same time 'thank you' and 'no, thank you,'" Godard remarked during an interview on the eve of the European Film Awards ceremony. "When someone says I have created a life's work, I have to accept this. But it is my way of criticism not to go there. I don't have the impression that I have made a career. In French, the word also means 'quarry' and in this sense I can accept it."
Will Godard show up at the Governors Awards dinner to accept his 'quarry' Oscar? Who knows?
The Academy's Governors Awards dinner will be held on Nov. 13, 2010, at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center. Godard's fellow Honorary Award recipients are actor Eli Wallach and silent film historian/preservationist Kevin Brownlow. Also at the ceremony, filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola will be handed the Irving G. Thalberg Award.
Quote: CBC News