After nearly six decades in show business and an incalculable number of bumps, burns, and bruises to show for it, Jackie Chan can add a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as the latest notch on his belt. File this one under “better late than never!”
The Academy issued the following statement on the award, which Jackie will receive at the upcoming Academy’s Governors Awards on November 12th:
“After making his motion picture debut at the age of eight, Chan brought his childhood training with the Peking Opera to a distinctive international career. He starred in – and sometimes wrote, directed and produced – more than 30 martial arts features in his native Hong Kong, charming audiences with his dazzling athleticism, inventive stunt work and boundless charisma. Since ‘Rumble in the Bronx’ in 1996, he has gone on to enormous worldwide success with the ‘Rush Hour’ movies, ‘Shanghai Noon,’ ‘Shanghai Knights,’ ‘Around the World in 80 Days,’ ‘The Karate Kid’ and the ‘Kung Fu Panda’ series of animated films.”
Following the announcement, Jackie issued his own statement via Facebook which you can see below. You can also check out our review of Jackie’s autobiography here, and read about when our own Glen Stanway got to meet Jackie for his 60th birthday here!
Congratulations on your Lifetime Achievement Oscar, Jackie, from all your fans around the world and everyone here at Kung Fu Kingdom!
“It’s been 56 years since I filmed my first movie when I was six, and I’ve worked on over 200 films to date. I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to the Oscars for giving me this award of encouragement and recognizing my achievements while I’m still “young”. I’m absolutely honored to be the first Chinese in history to receive this award.
The JC Stunt Team has always had a motto: We don’t ask why, we just do or die. This was one of our fundamental principles, and also a kind of passionate attitude that we, as action movie stars, kept at heart. To be honest, making an action movie isn’t easy. It’s normal for us to get hurt and bleed. Many of us have sustained a body full of injuries and I’m no exception to the case. That’s why I’d like to share this honor with my brothers of the JC Stunt Team who have been with me through good times and bad times over the many years, and I’d like to share this award with every action movie star from all over the world!
I’d like to say thank you to my family; thank you to every outstanding, talented and professional person I’ve worked with on the movie set; and thank you to all the business partners who have continuously supported me. I’ve actually set myself a “little goal” and hope that this honorary golden statue won’t be my last one. I don’t think the Oscars have a rule where you can’t win another golden statue after receiving an honorary award, right?
I’d also like to take this opportunity to say a big heartfelt thank you to all my fans who have endlessly given me so much support. You’re the reason why I’m motivated to keep moving forward. Thank you!
很多年前成家班就經常說一句話，We don’t ask why, we just do or die.這是我們的信條，也是所有動作電影人的態度。拍動作電影很辛苦，受傷流血是常事，很多人都落了一身傷病，我自己也不例外。所以，奧斯卡這份榮譽，我要把它要与几十年來与我共同出生入死的成家班兄弟，与全世界的動作電影人一起分享！