After 56 years in the film industry, making more than 200 films, Chinese actor and martial arts star, Jackie Chan, finally received his little gold statuette, an honorary Oscar for his for his extraordinary achievements in film.
The actor in his acceptance speech recalled watching the ceremony with his parents and his father always asking him why he didn’t have Hollywood’s top accolade despite having made so many movies.
He praised his hometown Hong Kong for making him “proud to be Chinese,” and thanked his fans, saying they were the reason he continued to make movies, jumping through windows, kicking and punching, breaking his bones.
62-year-old-Hong Kong-born star, Chan, has starred in dozens of martial arts films in his native Hong Kong, including Police Story, Armour of God and their various sequels
Jackie Chan began his historic big-screen expedition when he was 6 years old. He first appeared in Hollywood in 1996 with the film “Rumble in the Bronx,” followed by blockbuster hits “Shanghai Nights,” Rush Hour” and “Kung Fu Panda.” The agile martial artist also directed and produced 30 action films in his native city of Hong Kong.
In addition to starring and performing his own stunts, Chan has written, directed, produced and choreographed many of his films.
In August, Jackie Chan was ranked the second highest paid actor in the world by Forbes with estimated 2016 earnings of $61 million, just below “Fast and Furious” star Dwayne Johnson.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, hosts of the annual ceremony, also bestowed honorary Oscars on British film editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and prolific documentarian Frederick Wiseman.
The Governors Awards celebrates the achievements and contributions of iconic people in the entertainment industry. Previous winners of honorary Oscars include Lauren Bacall, Francis Ford Coppola, Oprah Winfrey, Angelina Jolie and Spike Lee.