On Saturday at the annual Governors Awards, the Chinese actor
and martial arts star finally received his little gold
statuette, an honorary Oscar for his decades of work in film.
"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.
Stalmaster, 88, credited 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
Coates, 90, who won the film editing Oscar for 1962's "Lawrence
of Arabia" and has edited more than 50 films, 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.
(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle)
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