Martial artist and actor Jackie Chan has been awarded an Oscar, a prize he's coveted since he saw one at Sylvester Stallone's house 23 years ago.
The honorary statuette was presented to Chan by his Rush Hour co-star Chris Tucker and fellow actors Michelle Yeoh and Tom Hanks at the annual Governors Awards in LA on Saturday, a ceremony attended by Denzel Washington, Lupita Nyong'o, Nicole Kidman, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Amy Adams and more.
Chan has been a beloved figure in the industry for decades, but has never really fallen into an obvious Academy Award category.
"After 56 years in the film industry, making more than 200 films, after so many bones, finally..." the actor said.
"I continue to make movies, jumping through windows, kicking and punching, breaking my bones."
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences also recognised film editor Anne V. Coates', casting director Lynn Stalmaster's and documentarian Frederick Wiseman's achievements with honorary awards at the ceremony.
Hanks said he was delighted to be able to acknowledge Chan's work as martial arts and action comedy are two genres often overlooked during awards season.Reuse content