Jackie Chan to be awarded a lifetime award at the Oscars
By Patricia Uyeh,
Action movie star, Jackie Chan is to be given an honorary Academy Award for his “extraordinary achievements” in film at the Academy’s Governors Awards on November 12th. He is to be awarded alongside British editor, Anne V Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and documentary maker Frederick Wiseman. The Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs has described the recipients as “true pioneers and legends in their crafts”.
Jackie Chan, 62, has featured 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 with Chris Tucker.
He had written on social media:
”Making an action movie isn’t easy”
“I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to the Oscars for giving me this award of encouragement and recognising my achievements while I’m still ‘young’
“I’m absolutely honoured to be the first Chinese in history to receive this award.”
“To be honest, making an action movie isn’t easy. It’s normal for us to get hurt and bleed. Many of us have sustained a body full of injuries and I’m no exception to the case.”
“That’s why I’d like to share this honour with my brothers of the JC Stunt Team, who have been with me through good times and bad times over the many years, and I’d like to share this award with every action movie star from all over the world!”
For the records, Jackie Chan has never been nominated for a competitive Academy Award. He said that he had set himself a goal that the honorary statuette “won’t be my last one”.
He said further:
“I don’t think the Oscars have a rule where you can’t win another golden statue after receiving an honorary award, right?”