The Oscar dream finally came true for Jackie Chan on Saturday. The trailblazer and stunts master received an Oscar lifetime achievement award presented to him by Hollywood’s Sylvester Stallone, former recipient of the Oscar award.
According to the star, who left the audience amused, the minute he set his eyes on Sylvester’s award 23 years ago, he decided that he wanted his own award.
“I touched it, kissed it, smelled it. I believe it still has my fingerprints,”
“After 56 years in the film industry, making more than 200 films, with so many bones (broken), finally this is mine.”
Clearly it was about time that the movie world appreciated the “Chantastic” star for his unprecedented contributions in the industry.
Already, Jackie Chan holds the Guinness World Record for “Most Stunts by a Living Actor”, and has a star in the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
He thanked his fans in China and all around the world, saying that they are the reason he does what he does. In his words, they are the reason “I continue to make movies, jumping through windows, kicking and punching, breaking my bones.”
Also present at the untelevised award ceremony were Denzel Washington, Lupita Nyong’o, Nicole Kidman, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Amy Adams and Dev Patel, amongst others. The award show was held in Los Angeles, and will be the Academy’s 8th Annual Governors Awards.
As intended, 3 more all time achievers received the honorary Oscar lifetime achievement award.
88-year-old Lynn Stalmaster who reportedly danced on stage with Jeff Bridges became the first casting director to receive an Oscar award. Stalmaster is often referred to as the “cast master”. He is known to have secured career defining roles for a number of Hollywood stars.
Anne V. Coates was recognized for her achievements in the area of editing. The 90-year old British woman has edited over 50 movies including the Oscar award winning 1962 film, Lawrence of Arabia.
86-year old documentary maker Frederick Wiseman was also recognized for his amazing and spectacular documentaries over time.