Jackie Chan is a Hollywood legend. He has been in the business for more than 56 years and has kept a remarkably low profile all throughout. That said, it may be hard to believe that even after 200 films under his belt, the Hong Kong–born actor was never awarded with an Oscar until now.
Jackie Chan Awarded with Honorary Oscar
Jackie Chan seems to be one of those rare gems that people rarely see in Hollywood nowadays. His passion is evident in the amount of effort he puts into every production he’s been part of to the point that he has risked his life countless times performing stunts. Now all his hard work has finally paid off as he was honored with one of the highest awards in Hollywood—an Oscar.
Chan was one of the four Hollywood veterans to receive the award earlier this month during the annual Governors Awards. Introducing him was fellow actor Tom Hanks, who highlighted the star’s ability to blend slapstick comedy with martial arts.
“Standing here is a dream,” Jackie Chan said upon receiving the award. “After 56 years in the film industry, making more than 200 films, breaking so many bones, finally this is mine.”
The 62-year-old actor mentioned that he never expected to receive such an honor especially since he mostly did comedy films. In a heartwarming message he wrote on his Facebook page, Chan thanked the Academy for recognizing his contributions to the industry.
“I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to the Oscars for giving me this award of encouragement and recognizing my achievements while I’m still young. I’m absolutely honored to be the first Chinese in history to receive this award. To be honest, making an action movie isn’t easy. It’s normal for us to get hurt and bleed. Many of us have sustained a body full of injuries and I’m no exception to the case. That’s why I’d like to share this honor with my brothers of the JC Stunt Team who have been with me through good times and bad times over the many years, and I’d like to share this award with every action movie star from all over the world!”
Jackie Chan has starred in countless martial arts films, most of which were shot in his native country of Hong Kong. He famously acted alongside Chris Tucker in the Rush Hour film franchise and has gone on to receive even bigger international success with the animated blockbuster Kung Fu Panda. Aside from acting, he is also known to direct, produce, and choreograph his own stunts.
Other Oscar award recipients during the Governors Awards 2016 included documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman, editor Anne V Coates, and casting director Lynn Stalmaster.