From stunts to Oscar: Jackie Chan's legendary career milestone
Jackie Chan receives an honorary Oscar, marking a pinnacle in his 56-year career, celebrated by stars like Tom Hanks. A dream fulfilled for the action legend.
In an industry where the lines between sheer perseverance and stellar achievement blur, Jackie Chan's illustrious journey stands as a beacon of inspiration. On a star-studded evening in November 2016, Hollywood came together to honor a man whose life reads like a script filled with action, comedy, and unwavering dedication. At the Eighth Annual Governors Awards, Chan was awarded an honorary Oscar, encapsulating over half a century of cinematic genius.
Chan, then 62, found himself in the company of legends, with Tom Hanks, Michelle Yeoh, and Chris Tucker presenting him the award. Hanks, in his presentation, eloquently placed Chan alongside iconic figures such as John Wayne and Buster Keaton, a testament to Chan's unparalleled contribution to the film industry. "My dad always said, ‘Son, you get so many movie awards in the world, when are you going to get one of these?’" Chan reminisced, echoing the dreams and aspirations that propelled him through his career.
The evening was as much a celebration of Chan's relentless spirit as it was of his cinematic achievements. Recounting a moment 23 years prior, when he held Sylvester Stallone's Oscar, Chan shared his long-held aspiration: "I touched it, kissed it, smelled it...Then I talked to myself, ‘I really want one.’" His words, imbued with humor and humility, reflected a dream that seemed almost unattainable until that night. The award was not just a piece of metal but a symbol of global recognition and respect. "After 56 years in the film industry, making over 200 films, I’ve broken so many bones, finally this is mine," Chan declared, his voice resonating with gratitude and pride.
In his speech, Chan did not forget to pay homage to his roots - Hong Kong, the city that molded him, and China, his country, expressing pride in his heritage. He acknowledged Hollywood for embracing him and helping him become a global icon. "Thank you, Hollywood, for all of those years teaching me so many things, and also make me a little bit famous," he joked, his humility shining through his accomplishments.
The night was not just a personal victory for Chan but a moment of pride for his fans worldwide. Through his Twitter, he expressed his overwhelming joy, "So honored and happy and lost for words!" encapsulating the emotions of a man who had given his all to the world of cinema.
As we look back on that momentous evening, Jackie Chan's honorary Oscar stands as a testament to the indomitable spirit of a man who transformed the face of action cinema. His journey from the streets of Hong Kong to the pinnacle of Hollywood is a narrative of resilience, passion, and unwavering dedication, inspiring aspiring actors and filmmakers across the globe.
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