Jackie Chan might be one of the most recognisable faces in film but had never been recognised with an Academy Award, until now.
Our sister website Impact reported back in September that Jackie Chan was to receive an honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – a long overdue award for a man who has made so many movies, broken so bones in the process and who came to be the face of a whole movie genre.
“The Honorary Award was created for artists like Jackie Chan, Anne Coates, Lynn Stalmaster and Frederick Wiseman – true pioneers and legends in their crafts,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs at the time. “The Board is proud to honor their extraordinary achievements, and we look forward to celebrating with them at the Governors Awards in November.”
Jackie Chan received his award at a special Governor’s Awards dinner held independently of the main show on 12th November. Among those in attendance was Jackie’s friend Sylvester Stallone. Jackie told of seeing a golden statuette while visiting Stallone but never thought he would receive one himself.
Check out his full acceptance speech below. Congratulations from everyone here at Martial Arts Illustrated on this much deserved accolade.