With more than acting in 200 films in a span of his 56-year career, Jackie Chan has finally received an Oscar. On Saturday at the annual Governors Awards, the 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.
Tom Hanks, Michelle Yeoh and Chris Tucker presented Chan with the award. Hanks compared Chan to the likes of John Wayne and Buster Keaton.
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 shared.
The star remembered seeing Sylvester Stallone’s Oscar when he had a meeting with him at his house 23 years ago.
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.
Chan took to Twitter to share his feelings about the night. “So honored and happy and lost for words!” he wrote.