Jackie Chan awarded honorary Oscar

BBC News : Action movie star Jackie Chan is to be given an honorary Academy Award for his “extraordinary achievements” in film.


"Iconic Jackie Chan Honored with an Honorary Oscar for his Remarkable Achievements"
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also voted to give honorary Oscars to British editor Anne V Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and documentary maker Frederick Wiseman.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs described the recipients as “true pioneers and legends in their crafts”.

They will be honoured at the Academy’s Governors Awards on 12 November.

Chan, 62, gained fame in Hong Kong with martial arts hits like Police Story and Armour of God. He achieved global success with Rumble in the Bronx, Kung Fu Panda, and Rush Hour.

In addition to starring and performing his own stunts, Chan has written, directed, produced and choreographed many of his films.

According to the Academy, he has spent four decades “charming audiences with his dazzling athleticism, inventive stunt work and boundless charisma”.

The star posted a message on Facebook thanking his family, his fans and the Academy.

‘Making an action movie isn’t easy’

“I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to the Oscars for giving me this award of encouragement and recognising my achievements while I’m still ‘young’,” he wrote.

“I’m absolutely honoured to be the first Chinese in history to receive this award.

“To be honest, making an action movie isn’t easy. It’s normal for us to get hurt and bleed. Many of us have sustained a body full of injuries and I’m no exception to the case.

“I share this honor with my JC Stunt Team brothers and action movie stars worldwide! This won’t be my last award,” said Chan, who has never been nominated for an Academy Award. He questioned, “Is there a rule against winning another statue after receiving an honorary award?”

‘Exceptional contributions’

Born in Reigate, Surrey in 1925, Anne V Coates has dedicated over 60 years to film editing and won an Oscar for her work on 1962’s Lawrence of Arabia.

Now 90, she recently worked on Fifty Shades of Grey, the successful film version of EL James’s racy international best-seller.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1927, Lynn Stalmaster has cast over 200 feature films, including The Graduate and Deliverance.

Since 1967, Frederick Wiseman has directed almost a film every year, including his three-hour 2014 masterpiece on London’s National Gallery.

The honorary awards celebrate extraordinary achievements, contributions, and service to the Academy in motion picture arts and sciences.

Film-maker Spike Lee and actress Gena Rowlands were among the recipients of last year’s special statuettes.

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