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Jackie Chan is first Chinese to get honorary Oscar


Jackie Chan is first Chinese to get honorary Oscar
(By Alex Tang/China Daily)

HONG KONG - Hong Kong movie star Jackie Chan, 62, is to receive a lifetime achievement from the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, for his many contributions to the movie industry, the board of governors of the academy announced Thursday.

Chan will become the first Chinese actor to be awarded an honorary Oscar since the academy’s inception in the late 1920s. In making the announcement, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs described Chan as true pioneer and legend in the craft, saying the Board is proud to honor Chan’s extraordinary achievements.

The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So Kam-leung Friday congratulated Chan.

"His acting and dazzling stunt work entertained audiences around the world for decades,” So said, “the honorary Oscar represents international recognition for his achievement and is a great encouragement to our local film industry."

The Hong Kong film industry has, over the years, seen a number of outstanding performers rise to stardom locally and internationally, So stressed.

The other honorees this year will include British film editor Anne V. Coates, American director and producer Frederick Wiseman, and casting director Lynn Stalmaster, who is also from the United States.

The golden statuettes will be presented at a ceremony in Los Angeles in November.

The 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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