Jean-Luc Godard‘s girlfriend and partner Anne-Marie Mieville has explained to The Australian‘s Matthew Campbell and John Follain why the legendary French director will not be personally accepting his special Oscar. “Jean-Luc won’t go to America,” she says, largely because he won’t be given the award on the Oscar show itself, but at some piddly pre-Oscar event in November.

Bottom line: You don’t relegate the great Jean-Luc Godard to a side-show. For what it’s worth, I agree. I’d tell the Academy to shove it also.

“‘He just told me, ‘It’s not the Oscars,’ Mieville says, referring to Godard’s reaction on learning about the award. ‘At first he thought it was going to be part of the same ceremony, then he realized it was a separate thing in November.’

“Not that it would make any difference, she says. ‘He’s getting old for that kind of thing. Would you go all that way just for a bit of metal?'”

Answer: Yes, Godard would go all that way if he was assured of a golden gleaming moment on the actual Oscar telecast.

“Mieville says it is likelier that ‘someone from his production team’ will be there to represent Godard, and she rejects suggestions that his silence is a snub to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences or a reflection of his well-documented scorn for Hollywood values.

“‘He will reply to the letter,’ Mieville says.”

When…in November? Godard is right to blow the Academy off, but he’s obviously doing so without showing much respect. Not replying to a formal invitation in a timely fashion is an unmistakable “eff you” in any culture or social situation.