Jean-Luc Godard to win honorary Oscar for filmmaking career
Jean-Luc Godard, one of the fathers of the French New Wave cinema, will receive an Oscar honoring his career as a filmmaker, the Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences said Wednesday.
The director of "Breathless" and "Pierrot Le Fou," who is now 79 years old, will be honored along with actor Eli Wallach and movie historian Kevin Brownlow.
"For fifty years, Godard has continued to write and direct challenging, and sometimes controversial films that have established his reputation as one of the seminal modernists in the history of cinema," the academy said in a statement.
With Francois Truffaut, Godard laid the foundations of the New Wave, a movement by iconoclastic young European filmmakers in the 1950s and 60s that broke with many conservative traditions.
The academy, which each year awards the coveted Oscars, did not know on Wednesday whether Godard would travel to Los Angeles to receive the statuette.
The Swiss-born director shuns public events and recently cancelled his participation in the last Cannes film festival, which had selected his "Film Socialisme" for showing.
The honorary Oscars will be given November 13 in Hollywood, during the second Governors Awards ceremony.
Since 2009, the Academy has opted to present honorary Oscars not at the main awards ceremony, but at a separate un-televised event in the grand ballroom of the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.
Also being awarded at the ceremony is the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, honoring a producer for their career work. This year's honoree will be Francis Ford Coppola, who has already won five Oscars in a long career, for "Patton" and "The Godfather," parts one and two.
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