After over 50 years in the film industry, a catalogue of over 200 films and a lot of broken bones, veteran actor and Martial arts expert Jackie Chan has finally won an Oscar.
The 62-year-old was awarded an honorary Oscar at the Eighth Annual Governors Awards at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Los Angeles on Saturday night. The award was presented to Chan by fellow actors, Tom Hanks, Michelle Yeoh and Chris Tucker in the final presentation of the evening.
Jackie Chan accepted his award, calling it a “dream” and shared his memories growing up and watching the Oscars with his parents.
“My dad always said, ‘Son, you get so many movie awards in the world, when are you going to get one of these?’ Then I just look at my dad. ‘Ha, ha, ha. Dad, I only make comedy action movies” he said.
He also spoke about seeing Sylvester Stallone’s Oscar at his house 23 years ago. “I touched it, kissed it, smelled it,” He joked. “I believe it still has my fingerprints on it… Then I talked to myself, ‘I really want one.”
Chan thanked his fans and promised them to keep working and making movies. “After 56 years in the film industry, making over 200 films, I’ve broken so many bones, finally this is mine. I want to thank you, Hong Kong, such an incredible city, my hometown, my hood, who make me.”
“China, my country, I am proud to be Chinese. Thank you, Hollywood, for all of those years teaching me so many things, and also make me a little bit famous. I’m just honored to be here,” he said.