In an effort to keep the televised Oscar ceremony at a manageable runtime while still including some interpretive dance, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has shunted off all the honorary awards to a separate dinner in November, which means, now that this year’s special Oscar recipients have been announced, that we won’t get to see nearly as much of a brownnosing standing ovation for Thalberg lifetime achievement award-winner (and, previously, five-time Oscar-winner) Francis Ford Coppola, or the looks of mystification on everyone’s face as silent film preservationist Kevin Brownlow gets his honorary Oscar, or the probably very sweet moment when 94-year-old Method actor Eli Wallach (The Ugly!) receives his.
Nor will we get to watch Jean-Luc Godard receive an honorary Oscar, in the heart of Hollywood, on live television. Assuming of course he actually deigns to attend—which seems unlikely, of course, he’s unwell and mysterious, but he might, right? Just for the opportunity to make a series of gnomic, superior-sounding pronouncements in front of a captive, not particularly receptive audience.
Highlights from the special ceremony will be included in next February’s Oscar telecast, so maybe in lieu of an acceptance speeach Godard will send a video segment.