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Jackie Chan is getting an Oscar, and Twitter is ecstatic about it

hollywood Updated: Sep 02, 2016 10:15 IST

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News of Jackie Chan getting an Oscar is being celebrated online.

Action movie star Jackie Chan is due to receive an honorary Oscar, the Academy said Thursday, to recognise a glittering career that has seen him become a cultural icon.

Chan, 62, has starred in (and sometimes written, directed and produced) more than 30 martial arts films, most of them made in his native Hong Kong. He received crossover success in the 1990s with Rumble in the Bronx and Rush Hour. Lately, he has contributed voice-over work to the Kung Fu Panda animated series. He has never been nominated for an Oscar.

“The honorary award was created for artists like Jackie Chan, Anne Coates, Lynn Stalmaster and Frederick Wiseman -- true pioneers and legends in their crafts,” said Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

Previous winners of honorary Oscars include Lauren Bacall, Francis Ford Coppola, Oprah Winfrey, Angelina Jolie and Spike Lee.

Here is The Academy’s tweet

News of Chan receiving the Oscar is being celebrated on social media. We’ve picked the best ones

Filmmaker Edgar Wright’s films often have visual references to martial arts movies, especially those of Jackie Chan. The director of The Blood and Ice Cream trilogy paid tribute to Chan, calling him a true legend of cinema.

Entertainment journalist Jake Hamilton of Fox, congratulated Chan on Twitter.

Peter Sciretta, editor-in-chief at Slash Film captured the sentiments of the internet in one tweet.

Writer/director Brian Lynch made a joke about how Jackie Chan movies usually end with a gag reel.

Ghostbusters director Paul Feig also chimed in.

Will there be a Rush Hour 4 though?


Indian actor Ileana D’cruz also shared a throwback photo of Jackie Chan in which she’s wearing his glasses.

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