Hollywood actor and martial artist Jackie Chan just bagged his long coveted award: an Oscar. The creative force behind over 200 films received the honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s Board of Governors. He happily tweeted that he was “So honored and happy and lost for words!”
Congratulatory messages flooded his social media thread. One of Jackie’s online followers tweeted “congratulations, big brother” in Chinese then added: “You are my hero !! Thank you” followed by a smiling face emoji. Actor Tom Hanks noted Jackie’s “enormous creativity and incredible dedication to work” during the Governors awards event.
After 56 years in the film industry, Jackie received what many people believe is a long overdue recognition. The actor-director and producer behind countless film projects that include Rush Hour, Drunken Master and many others, has had an illustrious career. He had also lent his voice to animated films like Kung Fu Panda and the yet-to-be-released The Lego Yinjago Movie.
At some point, Jackie Chan became tired of being typecast as the action hero doing stunts, prompting him to accept the role of a man dealing with alcoholism and mourning his murdered colleagues. He had also shed the “nice guy” image in later film projects. There have been many awards and citations given to the cultural icon, but the Oscar statuette had stayed at a distance.
In his speech after being bestowed the Honorary Award at the 2016 Governors Awards in Hollywood, California, Jackie’s first phrases were “It’s a dream” after expressing disbelief that he was finally at the receiving end of said award. He retraced his career beginnings, and recalled how he saw the “little things” in Sylvester Stallone’s house (referring to the Oscar award) and said to himself that he really wanted one. He also expressed that he was proud to be Chinese, before thanking his family, his stunts team, friends, the Academy, fans and other people who have lent their support throughout the years.
Sylvester Stallone was seen on camera capturing images of Jackie Chan on his phone while the latter was making his acceptance speech for being selected as one of four honorees for the Oscar. The Expendables actor-director also wrote on his Instagram account that Jackie Chan is “one of a kind” and added that he hoped they will work together soon.
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