Five decades and 200 films later, Jackie Chan ‘finally’ wins an Oscar

The Hong Kong martial arts star finally received his little gold statuette at the annual Governors Awards, for his decades of work in film.
Jackie Chan receiving an Oscar.

“After 56 years in the film industry, making over 200 films, I’ve broken so many bones, finally this is mine. 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 honored to be here.”  — JACKIE CHAN

AFTER 5 decades and 200 films, the BrandLaureate Legendary Award recipient Jackie Chan finally wins an Oscar. The Chinese actor and martial arts star  received his little gold statuette, an honorary Oscar for his decades of work in film, at the annual Governors Awards, on Saturday. He is seen here on stage with Sylvester Stallone, another BrandLaureate Legendary Award Recipient.

When Jackie Chan saw an Oscar at Sylvester Stallone’s house 23 years ago, he said that was the moment he decided he wanted one. “After 56 years in the film industry, making more than 200 films, after so many bones, finally,” Chan, 62, quipped at the star-studded gala dinner while holding his Oscar.

The actor recalled watching the 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.”

The actor was introduced by his “Rush Hour” co-star Chris Tucker, actress Michelle Yeoh and Tom Hanks, who referred to him as “Jackie ‘Chantastic’ Chan.” Hanks said it was especially gratifying to be able to acknowledge Chan’s work because martial arts and action comedy films were two genres often overlooked during awards season.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, hosts of the annual ceremony, also bestowed honorary Oscars on British film editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and prolific documentarian Frederick Wiseman. The evening was attended by Hollywood’s elite, including Denzel Washington, Lupita Nyong’o, Nicole Kidman, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Amy Adams and Dev Patel.

The audience was jam-packed with Hollywood notables who represented a cross-section of Hollywood, from vets like Warren Beatty and Bruce Dern to 21st century game-changers including Ava DuVernay and Megan Ellison.

The impressive list of attendees also included Jeff Bridges, Viola Davis, Alexandre Desplat, Laura Dern, Joel Edgerton, Andrew Garfield, Hugh Grant, Rebecca Hall, Naomie Harris, Lucas Hedges, Taraji P. Henson, Isabelle Huppert, Felicity Jones, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Viggo Mortensen, Ruth Negga, Lupita Nyong’o, Dev Patel, Ryan Reynolds, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Shannon, Sylvester Stallone, Emma Stone, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Jennifer Todd, Vince Vaughn, and Michelle Yeoh.

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