It’s an award that has eluded him his entire career, but at last, decades after his career began, Jackie Chan has an Oscar.
He was awarded an honorary Oscar at the eighth annual Governors Awards Saturday night, where Tom Hanks, Michelle Yeoh and Chris Tucker presented him with the final award given out tha night. Hanks said of Chan during the presentation, “Great acting comes in many different forms, but if you are an actor you always know it when you see it. Jackie Chan’s films have ben incredibly serious, sometimes gruesomely so, as well as incredibly hilarious to the point pop delighting millions of people around the globe.”
Chan called winning the award a “dream,” and recalled, in his speech, growing up watching the Oscar with his family, and the moments in his life that led him to this. “My dad always said, ‘Son, you get so many movie awards in the world, when are you going to get one of these?’ Then I just look at my dad. ‘Ha, ha, ha. Dad, I only make comedy action movies.’ After 56 years in the film industry, making over 200 films, I’ve broken so many bones, finally this is mine. I want to thank you, Hong Kong, such an incredible city, my hometown, my hood, who make me. China, my country, I am proud to be Chinese. Thank you, Hollywood, for all of those years teaching me so many things, and also make me a little bit famous. I’m just honored to be here.”