Fighting for Oscar History
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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA– On November 12, after working for 56 years in over 200 films, Jackie Chan was awarded with an honorary Oscar Award at the 8th Annual Governor’s Awards.
Tom Hanks, Michelle Yeoh, and Chris Tucker, Chan’s costar from the Rush Hour Films, presented his award to him.
“As you know the Governor’s Awards are a chance for the Academy to recognize unique achievements across an artist’s whole body of work, because Jackie Chan, the man that puts the ‘Chan’ in ‘Chan-Tastic,’ because he has worked mostly in martial arts films and action comedies, two genres that have been, for some reason, shall we say, historically underrepresented at the Oscars, a fact that will change if I have any pull on the board of Governors,” Tom Hanks said before Jackie Chan received his award.
Honorary Oscars used to be awarded during the live award show. However, the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences have made recent changes, choosing to award these Oscars during the untelevised Governor’s Award, because it allowed for more sentimental presentations and diverse recipients.
Chan said that despite being in the movie industry for so long, and because he was always in action films, he never expected to win an Oscar.
Over the past five years, only nine actors people of color have been nominated for an Oscar. This record has been noted by many, including Chris Rock. Last year, Rock was asked to host the show, during which he made comments concerning the extreme lack of diversity among those nominated that year.
Chan revealed receiving an Oscar had become a dream of his, after getting to touch one of the many won by his friend, Sylvester Stallone.