Hong Kong-born action star Jackie Chan is about to receive a lifetime achievement Oscar award at the eighth annual Governors Awards on November 12 at Los Angeles.
About the Academy Award :
The Academy Honorary Award, instituted in 1948 for the 21st Academy Awards, 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, although prior winners of competitive Academy Awards are not excluded from receiving the Honorary Award.
- Unless otherwise specified,Honorary Award recipients receive the same gold Oscar statuettes received by winners of the competitive Academy Awards.
- Unlike the Special Achievement Award instituted in 1972, those on whom the Academy confers its Honorary Award do not have to meet “the Academy’s eligibility year and deadline requirements.
- Like the Special Achievement Award, the Special Award and Honorary Award have been used to reward significant achievements of the year that did not fit in existing categories, subsequently leading the Academy to establish several new categories, and to honor exceptional career achievements, contributions to the motion picture industry, and service to the Academy.
- The Academy Honorary Award is often awarded in preference to those with noted achievements in motion pictures who have nevertheless never won an Academy Award. Thus, many of its recipients are Classic Hollywood stars, such as Lillian Gish, Barbara Stanwyck, and Lauren Bacall..
About Jackie Chan :
Chan Kong-sang known professionally as Jackie Chan, is a Hong Kongmartial artist, actor, film director, producer, stuntman, and singer. In his movies, he is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised weapons, and innovative stunts, which he typically performs himself.
- Jackie Chan has been training in Kung fuand Wing Chun. He has been acting since the 1960s and has appeared in over 150 films.
- Chan has received stars on the Hong Kong Avenue of Stars and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As a cultural icon, Chan has been referenced in various pop songs, cartoons, and video games.
- An operatically trained vocalist, Chan is also a Cantopop and Mandopop star, having released a number of albums and sung many of the theme songs for the films in which he has starred. He is also a notable philanthropist. In 2015, Forbes magazine estimated his net worth to be $350 million
- In addition to his film production and distribution company, JCE Movies Limited, Jackie Chan also owns or co-owns the production companies JC Group China, Jackie & Willie Productions and Jackie & JJ Productions. Chan has also put his name to Jackie Chan Theater International, a cinema chain in China, co-run by Hong Kong Company Sparkle Roll Group Ltd.
- The first—Jackie Chan-Yaolai International Cinema—opened in February 2010, and is claimed to be the largest cinema complex in China, with 17 screens and 3,500 seats. Chan expressed his hopes that the size of the venue would afford young, non-commercial directors the opportunity to have their films screened.
- Chan is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and has championed charitable works and causes. He has campaigned for conservation, against animal abuse and has promoted disaster relief efforts for floods in mainland China and the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.
- In June 2006, citing his admiration of the efforts made by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates to help those in need, Chan pledged the donation of half his assets to charity upon his death.
- Jackie Chan founded the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation in 1988, to offers scholarship and active help to Hong Kong’s young people and provide aid to victims of natural disaster or illness.
In 2005 Chan created the Dragon’s Heart Foundation to help children and the elderly in remote areas of China by building schools, providing books, fees, and uniforms for children; the organization expanded its reach to Europe in 2011 and the foundation also provides for the elderly with donations of warm clothing, wheelchairs, and other items.