Jackie Chan presented with honorary Oscar

The martial arts actor had never been nominated for an Academy Award during his 54-year career

Jackie Chan was the recipient of an honorary Oscar at last night’s Governors Awards in Los Angeles.

The martial arts actor, who notably starred in the Rush Hour franchise between 1998 to 2007, has never been nominated for an Academy Award during his 54-year career.

However, the Hong Kong-born actor, producer and director finally received an Oscar at last night’s awards ceremony, which is hosted by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood. The honorary Oscar, which was awarded for lifetime achievement in the field of acting, was awarded to Chan after he was introduced on stage by Tom Hanks, who lauded Chan’s worth ethic.

“How is this possible out of one man? His talents must truly be Chan-tastic,” said Hanks (via USA Today). “Great acting comes in many different forms, but when you are an actor, you know it when you see it.”

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Taking to the stage, Chan said it was “a dream” to be recognised in this manner.

“I break so many bones! I still cannot believe I am standing here. It’s a dream,” the 62-year-old said. “Friends, fans around the world, because of you I have a reason to continue making movies, jumping out [of] windows, kicking and punching and breaking my bones.”

Also honoured at last night’s awards – which is intended to give more time to honorary awards than the televised Oscars ceremony in February allows – were British film editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman.