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5 decades and 200 films later, Jackie Chan finally wins an Oscar

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When Jackie Chan saw an Oscar at Sylvester Stallone's house 23 years ago, he said that was the moment he decided he wanted one. On Saturday at the annual Governors Awards, the Hong Kong-Chinese actor and martial arts star finally received his little gold statuette, an honorary Oscar for his decades of work in film.

 

"After 56 years in the film industry, making more than 200 films, after so many bones, finally," Chan, 62, quipped at the star-studded gala dinner while holding his Oscar. The actor recalled watching the ceremony with his parents and his father always asking him why he didn't have Hollywood's top accolade despite having made so many movies. He praised his hometown Hong Kong for making him "proud to be Chinese," and thanked his fans, saying they were the reason "I continue to make movies, jumping through windows, kicking and punching, breaking my bones."

 

The actor was introduced by his "Rush Hour" co-star Chris Tucker, actress Michelle Yeoh and Tom Hanks, who referred to him as "Jackie 'Chantastic' Chan." Hanks said it was especially gratifying to be able to acknowledge Chan's work because martial arts and action comedy films were two genres often overlooked during awards season.

 

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, hosts of the annual ceremony, also bestowed honorary Oscars on British film editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and prolific documentarian Frederick Wiseman. The evening was attended by Hollywood's elite, including Denzel Washington, Lupita Nyong'o, Nicole Kidman, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Amy Adams and Dev Patel.

 

Stalmaster, 88, credited with securing career-defining roles for actors such as Jeff Bridges, Andy Garcia, Christopher Reeve and John Travolta, is the first casting director to receive an Oscar. Coates, 90, who won the film editing Oscar for 1962's "Lawrence of Arabia" and has edited more than 50 films, said she shared her honorary Oscar "with all the unsung heroes" of filmmaking. Wiseman, 86, whose documentaries include 1970's "Hospital," 1987's "Blind" and last year's "In Jackson Heights," said: "I think it's as important to document kindness, ability and generosity of spirit as it is to show cruelty, banality and indifference," he said.

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woohoo! go Jackie! but yes ... why did it take him so long to finally win this award?!

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After so many movies with Hollywood, Jackie finally won an Oscar.. Congrats to him.

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Congratulations Jackie Chan. Totally deserved the accolades after all these years in the show business.

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it's about time for Jackie Chan to get recognized! Wish it was on the regular Oscar's stage in February though.

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did anyone see dragonblade? his later works are filled with 'non-jackie' signature stunts.

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Congratulations to Jackie! It was a long road for him but he has made it and got his Oscar! Well deserved!

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wow he done us proud winning the oscar award - well done Jackie

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Well done Jackie, He certainly deserves to be recognized for this award.

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Congrats to Jackie. That's a well-deserved Oscar for him...

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he certainly deserves it. I dont think there is even a Hollywood start willing to take the amount of risks they he took.

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what a well-deserved award!! I can't believe it took this long, but so happy he finally got recognition for all the great work these many years!

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Congratulations to Jackie Chan on winning an Oscar. Well deserved especially for all the hard work and great performances and everything he has got into everything he does!

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no doubt about his contribution to the hong kong film industry and recognition by international peers is just icing on Jacky's amazing cake.

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congrats to him! I'm surprised Hollywood honoured him with this award! He didn't make that many Hollywood films!

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Big congrats to Jackie! Definitely deserve that recognition and award

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Congratulations to Jackie Chan finally at least he won something in the Hollywood industry!! Great job!!!

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well, it's about time! I still think Hollywood is the one that does not allow much Asians in the entertainment business. but congreat to Jackie Chan!

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Congratz for Jackie Chan. He's the best and he deserves it for all his hard work.

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Congratulations, legendary!

You deserved to receive the award ~~

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