Jackie Chan will receive an honorary Oscar at this year's annual Academy Governors Awards, scheduled for Nov. 12, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. While the martial arts star has won various accolades at the Hong Kong Film Awards, the People's Choice Awards, and other ceremonies, Chan has not received an Academy Award.
Chan, who found success with American audiences following his role in "Rumble in the Bronx" and the "Rush Hour" films, had already amassed a near 30-year film career before his Hollywood break in the 1990s. As of today, Jackie Chan has 131 acting credits, 77 stunt credits, and 45 producing credits, according the Internet Movie Database, with projects scheduled for release in the latter half of 2016 through the end of 2017.
Outside of film, Chan has several business ventures. He has acted as a spokesperson for the government of Hong Kong and also has a film production company, his own clothing brand, and a South Korean hip-hop boy group under his South Korean management company. In addition, he has released upwards of musical 20 albums throughout his career.
In announcing the honorary Oscars recipients, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said "the board is proud to honor their extraordinary achievements, and we look forward to celebrating with them at the Governors Awards in November.” Chan will be joining film editor Anne V. Coates ("Lawrence of Arabia"), casting director Lynn Stalmaster ("Fiddler on the Roof"), and documentarian Frederick Wiseman ("Titicut Follies").
Chan will be the fourth person of Asian descent to be bestowed with an honorary Oscar, joining directors Akira Kurosawa, Satyajit Ray, and Hayao Miyazaki.
Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that the honorary Oscar will be presented at the Academy Awards. It is scheduled to be presented at the Academy's 8th Annual Governors Awards.