ByMatt Juul, writer at
MMA and Entertainment Writer
Matt Juul

Jackie Chan is finally getting one of those golden Oscar statues.

The legendary actor and martial arts movie icon has been selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors as one of four recipients to receive this year's Honorary Awards.

Chan will join film editor Anne Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster, and documentarian Frederick Wiseman to take home the lifetime achievement award at the 8th annual Governors Awards in Hollywood on Nov. 12.

“The Honorary Award was created for artists like Jackie Chan, Anne Coates, Lynn Stalmaster and Frederick Wiseman – true pioneers and legends in their crafts,” Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in a statement. “The Board is proud to honor their extraordinary achievements, and we look forward to celebrating with them at the Governors Awards in November.”

At 62 years old, Chan may be the youngest member of the group, but that hasn't stopped him from appearing in hundreds of movies over the years, including action comedy classics like Rush Hour, Shanghai Noon, Drunken Master, and Rumble in the Bronx.

Chan has also proven himself to be a hot commodity throughout his career, and has consistently been one of the highest-paid actors in the world (he came in at No. 2 on Forbes's list this year).

Following the news, Chan took to his social media account to express his gratitude for the honor.

"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,'" Chan wrote. "I’m absolutely honored to be the first Chinese in history to receive this award."

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