‘Fi­nally’ Jackie Chan gets Oscar

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By AGEN­CIES

When Jackie Chan saw an scar at Sylvester Stal­lone's house 23 years ago, he said that as the mo­ment he de­cided he an­ted one. On Satur­day at the an­nual Gov­er­nors Awards in Los An­ge­les, the Chi­nese ac­tor and mar-arts star fi­nally re­ceived his lit­tle gold stat­uette, an honorary car for his decades of work film. "Af­ter 56 years in the film in­dus­try, mak­ing more than 0 films, af­ter so many bones, y" 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 home-town of Hong Kong for mak-ing him “proud to be Chi-nese”, and thanked his fans,

say­ing they were the rea­son “I con­tinue to make movies, jump-ing 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 ac­knowl-edge Chan’s work be­cause mar-tial arts and ac­tion com­edy films were two gen­res of­ten over-looked dur­ing awards sea­son. The evening was at­tended by Hol­ly­wood’s elite, in­clud-ing Den­zel Wash­ing­ton, Lupita Ny­ong’o, Ni­cole Kid­man, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Amy Adams and Dev Pa­tel. The Acad­emy of Mo­tion Pic­tures Arts and Sciences, hosts of the an­nual cer­e­mony, also be­stowed honorary Os­cars on Bri­tish fi lm edi­tor Anne V. Coates, cast­ing di­rec­tor Lynn Stal­mas­ter and doc­u­men­tar­ian Fred­er­ick Wise­man. Stal­mas­ter, 88, cred­ited with se­cur­ing ca­reer-defin­ing roles for ac­tors such as Jeff Bridges and John Tra­volta, is the first cast­ing di­rec­tor to get an Oscar. Coates, 90, who won the film edit­ing Oscar for 1962’s Law-rence of Ara­bia, and has edited more than 50 films, said she shared her Oscar “with all the un­sung heroes” of film­mak­ing. Wise­man, 86, whose docu-men­taries in­clude 1970’s Hos-pital and 1987’s Blind, said: “I think it’s as im­por­tant to docu-ment kind­ness, abil­ity and gen-eros­ity of spirit as it is to show cru­elty, ba­nal­ity and in­dif­fer-ence,” he said.


Ac­tor Jackie Chan poses with his honorary Oscar at the eighth an­nual Gov­er­nors Awards in Los An­ge­les on Satur­day.

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