Deservedly so, considering how long he’s been around and how often he’s put his body on the line for entertainment’s sake.
Jackie Chan has been acting for over 50 years now, with an appeal that’s reached countless numbers of fans around the globe.
As far as martial arts superstars go, Chan is a legend, and his name is synonymous with action-entertainment in the hearts of all movie fans.
From his turns in the outstanding Police Story 3: Supercop, to The Legend of Drunken Master, to Rumble in the Bronx, to Rush Hour – the man has become famous for his expert martial arts skills and fight choreography in his movies, in which he pretty much does all his own stunts, leading to many a broken bone in his storied career.
The Honorary Oscar award, as per Wikipedia is:
…Given by the discretion of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to celebrate motion picture achievements that are not covered by existing Academy Awards…
So it’s obvious his body of work doesn’t really warrant a nomination for a typical Oscar based on the set categories, but his value and input into the entertainment industry is undoubtable, so a bit of recognition by way of this award is definitely deserving.
Chan can next be seen in the film Skiptrace, which looks like a bit of a Rush Hour-type buddy action-comedy, also starring Johnny Knoxville.
Check out the trailer to that film below.
A detective from Hong Kong teams up with an American gambler to battle against a notorious Chinese criminal.