Seasoned actor and cultural icon Jackie Chan will finally get his impressive career rewarded at the Academy Awards. Although Chan has never won an Oscar for an individual performance (the Academy isn’t too keen on martial arts films), he will receive a lifetime achievement Oscar on November 12th by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Chan is most famous for his roles in Rush Hour, The Karate Kid, Kung-Fu Panda and Rumble in the Bronx. Though Chan wasn’t ever known for complex or nuanced characters, his acrobatic fighting style, insistence on doing his own crazy stunts and impressive comedic timing put him in a class of his own. Chan transcended oceans, markets and cultures. At times, he was as big in the United States as he was in his home country of China. In August of 2016, Forbes ranked Chan as the second highest paid actor in world, earning $61 million in 2016. Chan is truly a pioneer of his craft and influenced young men and women across the world to be interested in martial arts and film. This award is well-deserved.