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Jackie Chan awarded honorary Oscar

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Posted: Sep 2, 2016 at 4:25 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Action movie star Jackie Chan is to be given an honorary Academy Award for his “extraordinary achievements” in film.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs described the recipients as “true pioneers and legends in their crafts“.

They will be honoured at the Academy’s Governors Awards on 12 November.

Chan, 62, has starred in dozens of martial arts films in his native Hong Kong, including Police Story, Armour of God and their various sequels.

He went on to have huge international success with hits like Rumble in the Bronx, animated film Kung Fu Panda and the Rush Hour franchise.

Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan in Rush Hour

Furthermore, Chan has written, directed, produced and choreographed many of his films.

According to the Academy, he has spent four decades “charming audiences with his dazzling athleticism, inventive stunt work and boundless charisma”.

The star posted a message on Facebook thanking his family, his fans and the Academy.

‘Making an action movie isn’t easy’

“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.