Jackie Chan to Receive Honorary Oscar at Governors Awards
Jackie Chan is getting his golden moment.
The popular international star is set to receive an honorary Oscar at this year’s Governors Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Aside from the Rush Hour actor, other honorees will include veteran documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman, film editor Anne V. Coates and casting director Lynn Stalmaster.
The awards will be handed out on Nov. 12 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.
“The Honorary Award was created for artists like Jackie Chan, Anne Coates, Lynn Stalmaster and Frederick Wiseman – true pioneers and legends in their crafts,” AMPAS president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in a statement. “The Board is proud to honor their extraordinary achievements, and we look forward to celebrating with them at the Governors Awards in November.”
They’ll follow in the footsteps of Debbie Reynolds, Gena Rowlands and Spike Lee, who received last year’s honorary Oscars.
Despite his massive popularity, prolific output (more than 130 films) and immense box-office appeal, Chan has never been nominated for an Oscar – the honorary statuette will be his first.
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Wiseman has more than 40 documentaries on his resume, including last year’s In Jackson Heights, about the culturally diverse New York City neighborhood.
Coates has worked on such projects as Lawrence of Arabia, Murder on the Orient Express and Erin Brockovich, while Stalmaster was casting director on films like Frankie and Johnny and The Bonfire of the Vanities and Fiddler on the Roof.