Beijing: The Academy said that the action movie star Jackie Chan is due to receive an honorary Oscar to recognize a glittering career that has seen him become a cultural icon. The 62-year-old actor has appeared in more than 150 movies since becoming a child actor in his native Hong Kong in the 1960s.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said “The honorary award was created for artists like Jackie Chan, Anne Coates, Lynn Stalmaster and Frederick Wiseman — true pioneers and legends in their crafts.”
Film editor Anne Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman will also be awarded Oscar statuettes at the Academy’s 8th Annual Governors Awards in November. Chan’s Hollywood breakthrough came with “Rumble in the Bronx” in 1996, and he has gone on to be become a global star through the “Rush Hour” movies, “Shanghai Noon,” “The Karate Kid” and the “Kung Fu Panda” series of animated films.