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Jackie Chan wins Oscar, gives shout-out to China and his 'hood' Hong Kong

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Time Out Hong Kong

Well, it happened. After nearly six decades of bone breaking, window jumping, martial arts action in over 200 movies, Jackie Chan has finally won his first Oscar. Kind of. The 62-year-old Hong Kong actor and stuntman was over the weekend honoured at the eighth annual Governors Awards with an Honourary Academy Award. According to the official website, these special statuettes are handed out for 'lifetime achievements, exceptional contributions to motion picture arts and sciences, and outstanding service to the academy' – past winners of the award include legends of the screen like Cary Grant, Sophia Loren, Lauren Bacall and Henry Fonda. 

Accepting the award, Chan thanked Hollywood, his family and friends, Hong Kong – which he referred to most unironically as his 'hood' – and, naturally, China, for making him 'proud to be Chinese'. He also thanked his fans, telling them, 'because of you, I have a reason to continue to make movies, jump in a window, kicking and punching, breaking my bones'. No mention of breaking the democratic spirit of the people of his 'hood' when they needed his support the most, but hey, it's technically Hong Kong's first Oscar so that's something we suppose.

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