‘Finally’ Jackie Chan gets Oscar
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.