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Jackie Chan Is Getting an Honorary Oscar

by Raphael Chestang 5:07 PM PDT, September 01, 2016
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After being overlooked for decades, Jackie Chan will be honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the Governors Awards on Nov. 12.

The legendary film star will receive an honorary Academy Award for his work in more than 100 movies including Rush Hour, Police Story, Shanghai Noon, The Karate Kid remake and more.

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The 62-year-old master of martial arts has often written, directed and produced the titles that he's starred in, and also lent his voice to the animated Kung Fu Panda movies.

Chan will accept his award alongside fellow honorees film editor Anne Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman.

"The Honorary Award was created for artists like Jackie Chan, Anne Coates, Lynn Stalmaster and Frederick Wiseman -- true pioneers and legends in their crafts," Academy 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."

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The Hong Kong-born Chan made his motion picture debut at eight years old, and segued into Hollywood films with 1996's Rumble in the Bronx.

The Oscars' Honorary Award is given "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."

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