According to Jean-Luc Godard’s wife, the director will not be traveling to the U.S. to accept an honorary Academy Award, The Australian reports. The Academy announced last month that the Breathless helmer would be given the prize during the Governors Awards in November, but could not locate Godard in order to inform him. Godard’s wife Anne-Marie Mieville, however, informed The Australian that the filmmaker would not attend, but did not intend to snub Oscar. “He just told me, ‘It’s not the Oscars,'” she said. “At first he thought it was going to be part of the same ceremony, then he realized it was a separate thing in November.”
She continued: “Jean-Luc won’t go to America, he’s getting old for that kind of thing. Would you go all that way just for a bit of metal?” Mieville told reporters that a member of Godard’s production team will likely show up to accept the award on his behalf. She also insisted that the director plans to respond to the Academy regarding the honor.
UPDATE: The Academy told reporters today that it had received a letter from Godard that said he may indeed attend the ceremony: “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 Nov. 13 Governors Awards event.”