Jackie Chan

One bright spot in a year so filled with sadness, loss, and defeat is Jackie Chan, who received an honorary Oscar at the 8th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday. Jackie Chan has spent the last 50 years and more than 200 movies jumping through windows, across buildings, and in between the rungs of ladders, just so we ingrates can smile for a couple of minutes. He's a planetary treasure, and it's just so nice to see him rewarded. 

In addition to Chan, other honorary Oscars were given to editor Anne V. Coates of Lawrence of Arabia fame, casting director Lynn Stalmaster (the first casting director to win an Oscar), and documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman. Read more about the awards at Variety

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For decades, Jackie Chan's been rapidly kicking, jumping out of trees, and breaking every bone in his body to entertain audiences. Now, Chan says that his Buster Keaton-inspired kung fu days are over. While promoting his new movie, Chinese Zodiac, Chan said, "I want to be an Asian Robert DeNiro," claiming that he was "too old" to continue doing action films. As he's 58, he should be granted that wish.

Before smirking commences, Chan has taken on a smattering of dramatic roles in the past, going as far back as the first Police Story movie and as recently as 2009's crime drama, Shinjuku Incident.

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