ByMatt Juul, writer at
MMA and Entertainment Writer
Matt Juul

Jackie Chan's lifelong dream finally came true on Saturday night.

The martial arts icon received an honorary at the 2016 Governors Awards in Hollywood. The 62-year-old actor made a touching and humorous speech while accepting the honor.

"I still can't believe I'm standing here," Chan said. "It's a dream."

The veteran action movie star told the crowd that he used to watch the Academy Awards every year with his father and mother. Chan's dad would apparently give him a hard time for not having an Oscar in his trophy case.

"My dad always said, 'Son, you get so many movie awards in the world, when [will] you get one of these?'" Chan joked. "Then I look at my dad, 'Haha! Dad, I only make comedy action movies.'"

Chan went on to talk about one of his early encounters in Hollywood during a meeting with legend Sylvester Stallone, who was also in attendance on Saturday night. The Rush Hour actor admitted that he began to yearn for an Oscar after seeing Stallone's award in person.

"Many years later, I come to Hollywood, meeting with some big studio director, my friend's house, Stallone's house, that was 23 years ago," Chan said. "I see this little thing in his house. I touched it. I kissed it. I smelled it. I believe it still has my fingerprints. Then I talked to myself, 'I really want one.'"

"After 56 years [in] the film industry, making more than 200 films, after [breaking] so many bones, finally this is my mine," he added.

Chan used the speech to thank his family, friends, and fans, as well as his martial arts stunt team, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. In particular, the honorary Oscar recipient wanted to give a shout out to his homeland of China.

"I want to thank you Hong Kong, incredible city, my hometown, my hood, who make me," Chan said. "I'm proud to be Chinese."

Chan's new co-star Arnold Schwarzenegger congratulated him in a Twitter post on Sunday.

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