By Christopher Lung
Jackie Chan will receive his honorary Oscar at the Governors Award on Nov. 12. The dinner gala will be held at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood.
According to the Oscars website, the Academy Honorary Award is made “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”
The Academy selected Chan as an honoree in order to recognize his “distinctive international career.”
“It’s great since he worked hard for [the award] in countless movies,” stated senior Brian Sam, president of Cultural Club at Gabrielino High School. “He deserves it.”
Chan has been an actor, stuntman, and director since his early ages, producing and performing in more than 200 films. His ini- tial career as a child actor began at an age of eight when he starred in “Big and Little Wong Tin Bar” in 1962.
His acting and stunt work continued throughout the decades into the 21st century. He starred in more modern movies such as “Rush Hour” and the remake of “The Karate Kid.”
Some movies that he supervised, coordinated, and acted in includethe “Police Story” film series and “1911.” Additionally, Chan has performed and directed in over 30 martial arts movies, many of which were set in his native Hong Kong. His stunts and martial-arts fighting styles have led to the rise in his career, as reported by CNN.
Chan has also voiced as characters in several movies such as his role as Master Monkey in the “Kung Fu Panda” film series.
Chan established several music records in Asia in the late 20th century. His contributions to Asian society through his work have led him to become a popular and inspirational figure.
“I feel happy for him,” stated Yan Mao, teacher at Gabrielino, “because he is a role model for Chinese people [and] is never shy to express [his] opinions.”