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."