(The Indepedent) — Martial artist and actor Jackie Chan has been awarded an Oscar, a prize he’s coveted since he saw one at Sylvester Stallone’s house 23 years ago.
The honorary statuette was presented to Chan by his Rush Hour co-star Chris Tucker and fellow actors Michelle Yeoh and Tom Hanks at the annual Governors Awards in LA on Saturday, a ceremony attended by Denzel Washington, Lupita Nyong’o, Nicole Kidman, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Amy Adams and more.
Chan has been a beloved figure in the industry for decades, but has never really fallen into an obvious Academy Award category.
“After 56 years in the film industry, making more than 200 films, after so many bones, finally…” the actor said.
“I continue to make movies, jumping through windows, kicking and punching, breaking my bones.”
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences also recognised film editor Anne V. Coates’, casting director Lynn Stalmaster’s and documentarian Frederick Wiseman’s achievements with honorary awards at the ceremony.
Hanks said he was delighted to be able to acknowledge Chan’s work as martial arts and action comedy are two genres often overlooked during awards season
There’s two sides of the coin with this one.
On the one hand…. super stoked for Jackie Chan. Dude’s been in countless classics . From Jackie Chan’s First Strike to Rush Hour 3 you never leave unsatisfied. You go in expecting some dope as stunts and some broken english jokes and that’s what you get. Any Jackie Chan movie is watchable on a Saturday afternoon without feeling like you wasted the day. Plus Jackie Chan literally does all his own stunts (or he did… i dont know if that slogan applies anymore) In the 90’s and early 2000’s aka his prime… Jackie Chan’s bloopers during the credits were almost as good as the actual stunts. He would get hit in the head with a ladder or get kicked in the balls and just laugh it off. Just an all around stand up guy (based on his movies).
But even though I’m team Jackie through and through I can’t help but feel this honorary Oscar is somewhat tainted. Seems like one of those participation trophies. Like if you stay in the business long enough and don’t complain you’ll eventually get an Oscar. I mean Leonardo DiCaprio had to wait almost two decades before earned his and he had multiple roles that he could have easily won the award for years before. I mean if we’re being honest Jackie Chan isn’t sneaking onto the shortlist of actors in the running for Best Male Lead. But that doesn’t mean I don’t think he can win an Oscar. If he really wants that trophy with no asterisk, he should just keep putting out comedy hits.
I think it would have been a better move, if the academy added another film category like Best Buddy Action/Comedy Movie. If that was the case, you can’t tell me Jackie wouldn’t have multiple Oscars in his trophy case. You stack up Rush Hour or Shanghai Knights with any current buddy comedy and they don’t even compare. Give me Chan and Tucker over Whalberg and Ferrel anyday of the week. (Thats a big statement from me considering Marky Mark is my man crush)
So although I’m torn and don’t think Jackie necessarily earned this Oscar… I can’t be mad. After all the laughs he’s provided, I’ll gladly turn my head. Enjoy your moment Jackie.
P.S. What the hell multi vitamin does Jackie take? That man hasn’t aged a day.FOLLOW THE OPEN FIELD