Oscar Recipient: Jackie Chan

I’m so excited for Jackie Chan, an Asian, specifically Hong Konger, receiving an Honorary Oscar for his contributions and in the film industry.  Many people associate Chan a comedic martial artist in the films he stars in, but he has dabbled in producing, directing, writing, and singing.  Yes singing! Bet you didn’t know that!

The article below is from the NY Times.  Visit the source for 5 video clips that shows off Chan’s impressive work.

Jackie Chan: The Fists, the Fury, the Oscar

On Saturday, Jackie Chan, a legend in martial arts cinema, finally received an Oscar.

Those movie buffs familiar only with Mr. Chan’s appearances in blockbusters like the “Rush Hour” trilogy and “Shanghai Noon” may not realize just how long of a career the Hong Kong native has had as an actor, director and producer.

Mr. Chan, 62, who began acting when he was very young, has wowed audiences the world over not only with the balletic, high-kicking “Drunken Master” techniques in his early karate moves, but also with the complex action sequences and comedic timing that gave his career a long arc.

And he has broken many bones doing it, he said, since he has done his own stunts.

According to IMDB, the online film website, he has appeared in 134 films as an actor. But if you count his directing, producing and writing, as well, his film credits may number well over 200, as he noted when accepting the Honorary Oscar.

“After 56 years in the film industry, making more than 200 films — I break so many bones — finally, this is mine,” he said, shaking the golden statue.

In his acceptance speech, a beaming Mr. Chan told a story about a time his father asked when he was going to win an Academy Award.

“Dad, I only make comedy-action movies,” Mr. Chan recalled saying.

He told how he had become obsessed with the award after seeing one at the home of Sylvester Stallone, and recounted his disbelief upon hearing that he had finally received it.

Mr. Chan was among a roster of artists to receive the Honorary Academy Award, whose recipients were announced in September. It’s given to celebrate “extraordinary achievement” and “exceptional contributions” over the course of a filmmaker’s career, and it was roundly celebrated on social media.

A comment from Lucius Hale, a 19-year-old from Kristiansand, Norway, was typical. “I’m really glad that Jackie Chan got an Oscar,” he said. “That man has been part of my life so long, and his movies are so goood.”

Others celebrated Mr. Chan’s status as a trailblazing Asian actor in American films.

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