Jackie Chan has never won an Oscar, but he will be receiving a lifetime achievement Oscar for his extraordinary work in film.
Chan, 62, is the Hong Kong legend known for his martial arts stunts and comical personality in popular action-filled movies from “Supercop” to “Dragon Blade”. This has been a good year for Chan who was recently named the world’s second highest-paid actor by Forbes.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Thursday that Chan will be receiving the lifetime achievement Oscar. The statement read:
“After making his motion picture debut at the age of eight, Chan brought his childhood training with the Peking Opera to a distinctive international career. He starred in – and sometimes wrote, directed and produced – more than 30 martial arts features in his native Hong Kong, charming audiences with his dazzling athleticism, inventive stunt work and boundless charisma.”
Chan as well as documentary maker Frederick Wiseman, British film editor Anne V. Coates and casting director Lynn Stalmaster will be recipients of the 2016 Governors Awards. Each recipient will be receiving an honorary Oscar statuette acknowledging their lifetime contribution to film at a ceremony in Los Angeles in November.
Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs remarked:
“The Honorary Award was created for artists like Jackie Chan, Anne Coates, Lynn Stalmaster and Frederick Wiseman – true pioneers and legends in their crafts.”