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Honorary Oscar award a 'dream', Jackie Chan says

Published 13/11/2016

Jackie Chan arrives at the 2016 Governors Awards (AP)
Jackie Chan arrives at the 2016 Governors Awards (AP)

Jackie Chan said he had achieved "a dream" as he was awarded an honorary Oscar.

The 62-year-old Hong Kong actor and martial artist was honoured at the Governors Awards in Los Angeles, where his Rush Hour co-star Chris Tucker and Tom Hanks paid tribute to him.

British film editor Anne V Coates, documentary maker Frederick Wiseman and casting director Lynn Stalmaster were also recognised at the ceremony.

"It's a dream," Chan said on stage.

"After 56 years in the film industry, over 200 films, I broke so many bones, finally this is mine.

"Thank you Hollywood. For all those years you taught me so many things and also you made me a little bit famous.

"Friends, fans around the world, because of you I have a reason to continue making movies, jumping out windows, kicking and punching and breaking my bones."

At the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood, Chan revealed he first held an Oscar when he visited Sylvester Stallone's house 23 years ago.

"I touched it, kissed it, smelt it," he said. "I believe my fingerprints are still on it. Then I told myself; 'I really want one'."

He also thanked Hong Kong, which he described as his "hood", and said he was "proud to be Chinese".

Paying tribute to Chan, two-time Oscar winner Hanks said: "It's especially gratifying to be able to acknowledge Jackie's enormous creativity, his enormous gift for physical performance and incredible dedication to his work with this Governors Award.

"Great acting comes in many different forms but when you're an actor you always know it when you see it."

Tucker, who starred in three Rush Hour movies with Chan, said: "Working with a living legend was amazing. Every day I couldn't wait to get on the set to see Jackie Chan.

"Jackie, it was an honour working with you and I can't wait to work with you again."

Chan starred in more than 30 martial arts films in his native Hong Kong before achieving worldwide fame in Rumble in the Bronx in 1996.

He went on to star in a string of Hollywood films including the Rush Hour trilogy, Shanghai Noon and its sequel Shanghai Knights starring Owen Wilson, Around the World in 80 Days, 2010's The Karate Kid and Kung Fu Panda.

Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nicole Kidman, Warren Beatty and Richard Gere were among the star-studded audience at the ceremony.

Coates, 90, was honoured for a career spanning more than 60 years which saw her win the 1963 Oscar for film editing for Lawrence of Arabia.

She earned four more Academy Award nominations for her work on the films Becket, The Elephant Man, In the Line of Fire and Out of Sight starring George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez.

She also worked on Murder On The Orient Express, Richard Attenborough's Chaplin, Erin Brockovich and Fifty Shades Of Grey.

Australian star Kidman said: "Anne V Coates is not a great female editor, she is a great, great editor.

"She's not trailblazer for women, she's a trailblazer for all of us. Anne has left her mark on some of the greatest films of all time."

Gere, whose 2002 film Unfaithful was edited by Coates, described her as "one of the great giants of our industry".

"The greatest of the great, great, great film editors," he added.

Accepting her award, Coates, from Reigate, Surrey, said: "Can you imagine a job where you're actually paid to look into the eyes of George Clooney, Peter O'Toole, Richard Burton, Peter Finch, Sean Connery, Albert Finney, Clint Eastwood, Richard Gere, Daniel Craig, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Fifty Shades Of Grey himself Jamie Dornan?

"Looking back I wouldn't change a thing. But of all those I still have to say my three greatest productions are my three wonderful and talented children.

"Thank you once for this very special award. I have to say I never suspected I'd be holding one of these in my hand again."

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