Jackie Chan, the Chinese actor and martial arts star finally after a wait of over five decades and making of over 200 films received the Honorary Oscar award at the Annual Governors Awards on Saturday.
Jackie Chan when first saw an Oscar at Sylvester Stallone’s house about 23 years ago, he decided that he wants one at that moment only, he said.
“After 56 years in the film industry, making over 200 films, and after breaking so many bones, finally,” Jackie Chan, the 62 year-old actor while holding his Oscar at the star-studded gala dinner and award ceremony stated.
The actor shared the moment when he used to watch the award function with his parents and his father always used to ask him the reason of not having an Oscar the Hollywood’s top honor despite of having made so many movies.
The actor appreciated Hong Kong his hometown for making him proud to be a Chinese, and thanked his fans, stating them as the reason behind his huge success in Hollywood “I continue to make movies, jumping through windows, kicking and punching, breaking my bones.”
Jackie’s Rush Hour co-star Chris Tucker, actress Michelle Yeoh and Tom Hanks, introduced the actor to the hollywood industry and they used to refer him as Jackie ‘Chantastic’ Chan.
Martial arts and action comedy films being the two genres that were often overlooked during the award ceremonies, Hanks said it was greatly obliging to be able to concede Chan’s work.
The hosts of the annual ceremony, The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, additionally presented honorary Oscars to British film editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and prolific documentarian Frederick Wiseman.
The gala evening was acknowledge by the presence of famous Hollywood stars including Denzel Washington, Lupita Nyong’o, Nicole Kidman, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Amy Adams and Dev Patel.
Stalmaster, the 88 year old Hollywood actor recognized with securing career-defining roles for actors such as Jeff Bridges, Andy Garcia, Christopher Reeve and John Travolta, is the first casting director to receive an Oscar.
Coates, the 90 year old editor who has edited more than 50 films won the film editing Oscar for Lawrence of Arabia released in 1963and, said she shared her honorary Oscar “with all the unsung heroes” of filmmaking.
Wiseman, 86, whose documentaries include 1970’s Hospital, 1987’s Blind and last year’s In Jackson Heights, said: “I think it’s as important to document kindness, ability and generosity of spirit as it is to show cruelty, banality and indifference,” he said.