After more than 56 years in the film industry, Jackie Chan, 62, has been finally awarded a honorary Oscar. Despite his massive contribution to action and comedy films, the nature of his roles was always in the way of being recognized by the Academy Awards.
In an emotional speech Chan delivered during the annual Governors Awards this Saturday, the actor gleefully recalled how 23 years ago he decided he wanted an Oscar when he saw one at Sylvester Stallone’s house. “I touched it, kissed it, smelled it,” Chan kidded. “After 56 years in the film industry, making more than 200 films, after so many bones, finally,” said Chan.
The honorary awards are meant to celebrate “extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”