Jackie Chan gets honorary Oscar after over 200 movies

Honoree Jackie Chan poses onstage at the 2016 Governors Awards at the Dolby Ballroom on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello /Invision/AP)
Chan… scores his first ever Oscar – Credit: Chris Pizzello/AP

Action movie legend Jackie Chan has finally picked up an Oscar, after an astonishing 56 years in the movie business, and over 200 movies.

The 62-year-old martial arts star was the guest of honour at the Eight Annual Governors Awards in Hollywood over the weekend, and was awarded the statue by Tom Hanks, Michelle Yeoh and his ‘Rush Hour’ co-star Chris Tucker.

“As you know the Governors Awards are a chance for the Academy to recognize unique achievements across an artist’s whole body of work,” said Hanks.

“Because Jackie Chan, the man that puts the ‘Chan’ in ‘Chan-Tastic,’ because he has worked mostly in martial arts films and action comedies, two genres that have been, for some reason, shall we say, historically underrepresented at the Oscars, a fact that will change if I have any pull on the board of Governors,” Hanks said.

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“Great acting coms in many different forms, but if you are an actor you always know it when you see it. Jackie Chan’s films have ben incredibly serious, sometimes gruesomely so, as well as incredibly hilarious to the point pop delighting millions of peoples around the globe.”

He also compared Chan’s physical on-screen presence to the likes of John Wayne and Buster Keaton.

“But Jackie does something that neither one of those great screen legends was ever able to do,” he added. “Neither one of those great artists ever, ever put the bloopers on during the closing credits.”

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(Credit: Reuters)

In accepting the award, Chan said: “My dad always said, ‘Son, you get so many movie awards in the world, when are you going to get one of these?’ Then I just look at my dad. ‘Ha, ha, ha. Dad, I only make comedy action movies.’

“After 56 years in the film industry, making over 200 films, I’ve broken so many bones, finally this is mine,” he said.

“I want to thank you, Hong Kong, such an incredible city, my hometown, my hood, who make me. China, my country, I am proud to be Chinese. Thank you, Hollywood, for all of those years teaching me so many things, and also make me a little bit famous. I’m just honoured to be here.”

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