Legendary filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, who did not turn up at this year's Governor's Awards to collect his honorary Oscar, says the trophy means nothing to him.
The French filmmaker was awarded the honorary gong this Saturday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for his contribution to cinema.
Even as the the Academy is arranging for the Oscar statuette to be delivered to Godard in Switzerland, the director says he never intended to attend the function, The Hollywood Reporter said.
"I don't have a visa for the US and I don't want to apply for one. And I don't want to fly for that long," he said.
When asked what the award means to him, Godard said, "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 Schwarzenegger gives me the award?" he added.
At the Saturday show, Academy president Tom Sherak said of Godard, "I want you to know that this award is meaningful to him."
The director's selection had raised eyebrows because of the barbs he has tossed at Hollywood over the years as well as allegations that he has made anti-Semitic remarks.