Action star Jackie Chan to be awarded honorary Oscar

Hong Kong-born action movie star Jackie Chan (??) was named Thursday as one of four recipients of this year's honorary Oscars that will be presented by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in November.

Film editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman will be the three other recipients.

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."

"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.

In the statement, the Academy said Chan had brought his childhood training with the Peking Opera to an international career and had charmed audiences "with his dazzling athleticism, inventive stunt work and boundless charisma."

Chan, 62, has starred in dozens of martial arts films in Hong Kong. He enjoyed international success with films such as "Rumble in the Bronx," the "Rush Hour" series, "Shanghai Noon" and "Kung Fu Panda" animation film series.

The four honorary Oscars will be presented at the Academy's 8th Annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles on Nov. 12.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel