Legendary martial arts actor Jackie Chan will be awarded a lifetime achievement Oscar.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Thursday that it is for his extraordinary achievements in film.
The 62 year old started acting at the age of 6 in Hong Kong and has starred in dozens of martial arts films.
He is known to perform his own stunts and has also written, produced, choreographed and directed a good number of his films.
Jackie Chan was responsible for living room favorites such as Police Story, Armour of God, Rush Hour, Kung Fu Panda and Karate Kid 2.
In a Facebook post, the Chinese actor expressed his gratitude, being the first Chinese recipient of the award.
”It’s been 56 years since I filmed my first movie when I was six, and I’ve worked on over 200 films to date. I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to the Oscars for giving me this award of encouragement and recognizing my achievements while I’m still “young.”
He went ahead to thank the fans and his family for the support they have given him throughout his career.
Chan, who has never won an Oscar added that the honorary statuette won’t be the last.
Documentary film maker Frederick Wiseman, British film editor Anne V. Coates and casting director Lynn Stalmaster will be joining Chan as recipients of the award.
Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the Academy president described the recipients as “true pioneers and legends in their crafts”.
Each of them will get an honorary Oscar statuette at a gala in Los Angeles this November at the Academy’s Governors Awards.