The 8th Annual Governors Awards were held in Hollywood on Saturday night. The Governors Awards are the special, smaller Academy Award ceremony that are usually held in November to present honorary Oscars, like the one Angelina Jolie got for being a saint. Among this year’s honorary Oscar recipients was high-energy indestructible action film legend Jackie Chan. That’s right, Jackie Chan got an Oscar for being Jackie Chan.
62-year-old Jackie Chan is an acting monster. He started acting when he was 5 and has been in more than 200 films. Jackie has won a ton of Chinese film awards over the span of his career, but he’s never been nominated for an Academy Award. Although I’m sure if the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had created a category for Best Actor Able to Look Charming While Taking Repeated Hits to The Body, Jackie would be neck-and-neck in Oscar nominations with Meryl Streep. Since that category doesn’t exist, I guess the second best way to pay tribute to his career is by giving him an honorary Oscar.
Jackie’s fellow 2016 Governors Award recipients included film editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster, and filmmaker Frederick Wiseman. Jackie was presented his award by Tom Hanks, Michelle Yeoh, and Chris Tucker. I was hoping to read that Jackie Chan accepted his award by crashing through a skylight, back-flipping his way across the stage, and grabbing it from Chris Tucker’s hand with his teeth, but it looks like he accepted it normally. Here’s Jackie’s thank-you speech.
An added bonus to having an Oscar in his trophy cabinet: it can double as a splint the next time he shatters one of bones during an on-set stunt. It’s the perfect size to hold a busted femur in place and keep going!