Acceptance Speech by Jackie Chan at the 8th Annual Governors Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
November 14, 2016
I still can’t believe I’m standing here. It’s a dream.
A long time ago, every year when I watched an Oscar with my Dad, sometime with my Mom, my Dad always said, “Son, you get so many movie awards around the world, when are you going to get one of these?” Then I just look at my Dad, hahaha, “Dad, I only make comedy action movies.”
Many years later, I came to Hollywood, meeting some big studio, director, my friend’s house – Stallon’s house. There was 23 years ago, I see this little thing(s) in his house. I touched it, I kissed it, I smelled it. I believe it still had my fingerprints in. Keep it. Then I talked to myself: I really want one.
Finally, Sherry calls. I said, “Are you sure?” After 56 years film industry, making more than 200 films, I broke so many bones. Finally, this is mine.
I want to…I want to thank you, Hong Kong, incredible city, my hometown, my hood, who made me. China, my country, proud to be Chinese. Thank you, Hollywood, for all those years teaching me so many things, and also made me a little bit famous. And I thank you, my family, my wife Joanne, my son Jaycee, and special Jackie Chan Stunt Team. And this year, it’s Jackie Chan Stunt Team 40 years anniversary. And all the friends, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart. And ladies and gentlemen, and also distinguished guests, and Academy [of] Motion Picture Art and Science, thank you, thank you, thank you. And…and I want to thank you, who should I thank you? I forget. I still have some dialogue, I forget what I should say. I don’t know. I just,…it’s an honor to be here, and…it’s my honor, thank you, thank you.
Oh, oh, oh, oh…Ah…ah…
Last [but] not least, millions of thanks, my friends, fans around the world, because of you, I have a reason, continue to make movies, jumping a window, kicking and punching, breaking my bone. Thank you so much, thank you, Oscar. Thank you!