After starring in over 200 films in a career spanning over 56 years, 62-year-old Chinese legend, Jackie Chan was awarded an honorary Oscar at the Eighth Annual Governors Awards at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Los Angeles on November 11, 2016.
President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said that actor Jackie Chan and other recipients of the awards- film editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and documentarian Frederick Wiseman “inspire the next generation with that same sense of wonder and enchantment that first touched us as kids.”
Receiving the award, Chan said, “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 honoured to be here.”