Action movie star, Jackie Chan is to be given an honorary Academy Award for his extraordinary achievements in film.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, made this announcement on Thursday. The academy has also voted to give honorary Oscars to British editor, Anne V Coates, casting director, Lynn Stalmaster and documentary maker, Frederick Wiseman.
Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs described the recipients as “true pioneers and legends in their crafts” and would be honoured at the Academy’s Governors Awards on 12 November.
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.
He went on to have huge international success with hits like Rumble in the Bronx, animated film, Kung Fu Panda and the Rush Hour franchise. In addition to starring and performing his own stunts, Chan has written, directed, produced and choreographed many of his films.
According to Motion Pictures, he has spent four decades “charming audiences with his dazzling athleticism, inventive stunt work and boundless charisma”.
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 also directed and produced 30 action films in his native city of Hong Kong.
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 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.