Creativity and longevity were the key words Saturday night at the eighth annual Governors Awards, as Oscars were handed to four individuals who collectively represented about 225 years of film experience.
Tom Hanks, who co-presented Chan’s award with Michelle Yeoh and Chris Tucker, co-stars from some of his previous movies, spoke briefly about how the Rush Hour star’s action and comedy-oriented films aren’t usually the ones that get the Academy’s attention.
“After 56 years in the film industry, making more than 200 films, after so many bones, finally,”Chan 62, quipped at the star-studded gala dinner while holding his Oscar.
“Standing here is a dream,” said Chan at the podium. “After 56 years in the film industry, making more than 200 films, breaking so many bones, finally this is mine.”
Chan, looking about the same age as he did in the 1970s scenes of his work, climaxed the evening with the shortest and most exuberant speech, saying that years ago, he saw an Oscar at Sylvester Stallone’s house, and knew he wanted one of his own. Now, 50 years, 200 films, and many broken bones later, he had one.
“Great acting comes in many different forms, but if you are an actor you always know it when you see it. Jackie Chan’s films have been incredibly serious, sometimes gruesomely so, as well as incredibly hilarious,” Hanks added. “Delighting millions of peoples around the globe.”
Chan graciously accepted his award, sharing that his father had always asked him about taking home an Oscar.