Academy award means nothing, says Jean-Luc Godard

Updated: Nov 17, 2010, 08:38 AM IST

London: Legendary director Jean-Luc Godard has brushed off his prestigious Academy Awards lifetime achievement accolade, insisting the honour means "nothing" to him.

The French-Swiss star was lauded at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences` Governors Awards in Los Angeles Saturday, but he was unable to accept the trophy in person as he didn`t want to fly to the US. Godard, 79, thinks its "strange" he was honoured at the glitzy event - as the award is meaningless to him, reports

"(The award means) nothing. If the Academy likes to do it, let them do it. But I think it`s strange. I asked myself, `Which of my films have they seen? Do they actually know my films? The award is called The Governor`s Award. Does this mean that (Arnold) Schwarzenegger gives me the award?`," he said.

Moviemaker Francis Ford Coppola, historian Kevin Brownlow and actor Eli Wallach were also honoured at the ceremony.