Jackie Chan awarded honorary Oscar
After 56 years in the movie industry and acting in over 200 films, Jackie Chan was finally awarded an honorary Oscar award at the 8th Annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday night.
The actor who is seen as a living legend in the movie world received the shiny gold trophy at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center by fellow iconic action man Sylvester Stallone. “After 56 years in the film industry, making more than 200 films, I broke so many bones-finally this is mine,” said Chan, 62, quipped at the star-studded gala dinner holding his Oscar, according to a report in People.
Chan recalled about realising how badly he wanted an Academy Award after going to Stallone’s house 23 years earlier and touching, kissing and smelling the American actor’s Oscar statuette.
After the event Stallone took to his Instagram to share a photo of he and Jackie writing, “The great Jackie Chan. One of a kind. Hopefully we will be working together real soon! We still very much love what we do… even if it still does HURT!.”
The 69 year old actor and former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger also shared the table with chan during the event and took to the picture-sharing platform to post a throwback image on set of 2004 flick Around the World in 80 Days. He wrote, “Congratulations to my great friend Jackie Chan on his fantastic honor – after 200 movies, you certainly deserve this Oscar. You always inspire.”
Jackie’s Rush Hour co-star Chris Tucker was also on stage as he recognised the veteran actor for his contributions to the film industry. Tom Hanks gushed about Chan as he told AFP at the event, “Jackie Chan has the wisdom of the East and the discipline of a master martial artist.”
Chan recalled watching the Oscar 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 “I continue to make movies, jumping through windows, kicking and punching, breaking my bones.”