Jackie Chan Finally Has an Oscar

He received Governors Award
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2016 4:14 AM CST
Jackie Chan Finally Has an Oscar
Honoree Jackie Chan, left, is congratulated onstage by Sylvester Stallone at the 2016 Governors Awards at the Dolby Ballroom on Saturday in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Nobody can say he didn't put the work in: After more than 200 movies in a career that spans more than 50 years, starting when he was a 5-year-old child actor, Jackie Chan was finally awarded an Oscar Sunday night. The 62-year-old was one of four recipients of this year's Governors Awards, E! Online reports. He was praised by Tom Hanks as "the man that puts the 'Chan' in 'Chan-Tastic,' because he has worked mostly in martial arts films and action comedies, two genres that have been, for some reason, shall we say, historically underrepresented at the Oscars, a fact that will change if I have any pull on the board of governors."

Chan was also introduced by co-stars Michelle Yeoh and Chris Tucker, who called him a "living legend," People reports. In his acceptance speech at the Hollywood event, Chan praised hometown Hong Kong and all the people who helped him get where he is. "My dad always said, 'Son, you get so many movie awards in the world, when are you going to get one of these?," he said. "Then I just look at my dad. 'Ha, ha, ha. Dad, I only make comedy action movies.'" Casting director Lynn Stalmaster, documentary maker Frederick Wiseman, and film editor Anne V. Coates were also honored. (More Jackie Chan stories.)

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