Jackie Chan finally received an honorary Oscar on Saturday, November 12, after 5 decades in the film industry.
“After 56 years in the film industry, making more than 200 films, after so many bones, finally,” he said at the annual Governors Awards.
Chan, 62, was inspired to get an Oscar when he saw one at Sylvester Stallone’s house 23 years ago. He also shared that while watching the ceremonies with his parents, his dad used to ask him why he didn’t have one yet despite making a lot of films.
The martial arts star soon thanked his fans and said that they’re the reason why he “continues to make movies, jumping through windows, kicking and punching, breaking my bones."
He also recognized his hometown Hong Kong and said it made him "proud to be Chinese.”
The actor was introduced by his “Rush Hour” co-star Chris Tucker, actress Michelle Yeoh and Tom Hanks, who referred to him as Jackie “Chantastic” Chan.
Hanks said it was great to be able to honor Jackie’s work because martial arts and action-comedy films were often overlooked during awards season.