Filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard honored at Hollywood ceremony
Renowned "New Wave" film director Jean-Luc Godard entered Hollywood's Hall of Fame late Saturday when he received an honorary Oscar Award for his achievements.
The French-Swiss filmmaker was not present at a Governors Awards ceremony here when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored him for "for passion ... confrontation and ... a new kind of cinema."
The event marked the beginning of awards season in Hollywood that will culminate in an Oscars awards ceremony early next year.
"Jean-Luc Godard could not be here with us tonight. That is unfortunate," said Academy President Tom Sherak. "But his absence in no way diminishes our respect and appreciation for his work as a filmmaker. And I want you to know that this award is meaningful to him."
Godard, 79, is often identified with the group of filmmakers known as the Nouvelle Vague, or "French New Wave".
He became internationally known after his first feature film, "Breathless" (1960), and continued to gain success in the 1960s, with films such as "Contempt" (1963), "Band of Outsiders" (1964), "Masculine-Feminine" (1966) and "Two or Three Things I Know About Her" (1967).
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