Jackie Chan to receive honorary Oscar

The actor will be given the award in November

Jackie Chan is to receive an honorary Oscar.

The actor will receive the award in November at the Academy’s Governors Awards, alongside film editor Anne V. Coates (Lawrence Of Arabia, 50 Shades Of Grey), casting director Lynn Stalmaster (Harold and Maude) and documentarian Frederick Wiseman.

Chan has appeared in the likes of Rush Hour, The Karate Kid and The Spy Next Door. He has never been nominated for an Oscar before.

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As well as performing his own stunts, he has also written, directed, produced and choreographed a large number of his films.

The Academy said Chan has spent four decades “charming audiences with his dazzling athleticism, inventive stunt work and boundless charisma”.

As the BBC reports, the actor posted on Facebook to thank his family and fans.

“I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to the Oscars for giving me this award of encouragement and recognising my achievements while I’m still ‘young’,” he wrote.

“I’m absolutely honoured to be the first Chinese in history to receive this award. 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.

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“That’s why I’d like to share this honour 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!”

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