Jackie Chan is, undoubtedly, one of the most accomplished actors in Hollywood history – and he’s also among the most unique, having broken several world records for various things he does throughout his movie career, including doing most of his own stunts and even getting injured doing these crazy stunts!
But did you know that he hasn’t received an Oscar despite all that and the fact that he’s made over 200 films in his over 50 years of acting career?
The actor couldn’t help but muse why he’s never been given one despite the many things he had personally accomplished in the movie industry but, well, such is a fact of life – that you can’t win in everything, no matter how good you are!
This year, however, Chan has finally received an Oscar: an honorary Oscar for his lifetime achievement in the film industry! In the Governors Awards held last weekend, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) finally awarded the kung fu star his first and only Oscar.
In contrast with the Oscars, however, the event was not shown on live TV. Aside from Chan, documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman, casting director Lynn Stalmaster, and film editor Anne V. Coates were also given their honorary Oscars in the private event.
Tom Hanks introduced Chan, acknowledging that the actor and his unique brand of slapstick comedy had always been “historically underrepresented at the Oscars”. It was a lucky thing that he finally got his Oscar this year – never mind that he didn’t win it in the main Oscars event.
In response, Chan said, “Standing here is a dream. After 56 years in the film industry, making more than 200 films, breaking so many bones, finally this is mine.” It clearly was partly a joke but it was also wholeheartedly meant!
Congratulations, Jackie Chan for finally getting an Oscar!