Jackie Chan receives an Honorary Oscar

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On Saturday 12 November 2016 Jackie Chan, who has been acting since he was eight years old, has finally received an Oscar – an honorary Oscar. Chan, a legend in martial arts cinema, such as the “Rush Hour” trilogy, “Shanghai Noon,” “The Karate Kid,” and “Kung Fu Panda,” is a Hong Kong actor, director and producer.

Chan, 62, performs his own stunts and has broken many bones throughout his career. According to IMDB, the online film website, Chan has appeared in 134 films as an actor and over 200 films as an actor, director, producer and writer in his 56 year career. The genre of his films is categorised as comedy-action movies.

Honorary Academy Awards, also known as Oscars after the golden statue’s nickname, are given to celebrate “extraordinary achievement” and “exceptional contributions” over the course of a filmmaker’s career. The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted on 30 August 2016 to present Honorary Academy Awards to Jackie Chan, film editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster, and documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman. The four Oscar statuettes were presented at the Academy’s Annual Governors Awards on Saturday 12 November at the Hollywood & Highland Center.

 

Photographs: Jackie Chan in scene from Supercop from Dimension Films (top), Jackie Chan image from fanpop.com (bottom left), and Jackie Chan from holywoodreporter.com (bottom right)

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