- Associated Press - Monday, October 25, 2010

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard will not be coming to Hollywood to accept his honorary Academy Award.

Academy President Tom Sherak said Monday that he had gotten word from Godard that the 79-year-old director would not attend the Governor’s Awards on Nov. 13, when honorary Oscars are presented.

The decision followed what the academy called a cordial, two-month exchange with the iconoclastic filmmaker, a pioneer of the French New Wave who has taken potshots at Hollywood over the years.

Sherak said Godard thanked academy officials for the lifetime-achievement award, which will be delivered to him in Switzerland after the event.

Godard’s films include “Breathless,” “Contempt,” “Alphaville” and “Band of Outsiders.”

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