Jackie Chan's father used to ask him all the time that why after being celebrated around the world with countless awards he had never won an Oscar.
"I just look at my dad and said, 'Ha, ha, ha,'" Chan, 62, said last night at the Governors Awards in Hollywood. "'Dad, I only make comedy action movies.'"
With more than 200 films under his belt spanning a 56-year career, Chan finally received a gold statuette as one of four recipients of this year's Governors Awards.
Chan remembered seeing Sylvester Stallone's Oscar when he had a meeting with the Rocky star at his house 23 years ago. "I touched it, kissed it, smelled it," Chan kidded. "I believe it still has my fingerprints on it...Then I talked to myself, 'I really want one.' Finally, [Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs] called and I said, 'Are you sure?'"
Chan's Rush Hour co-star Chris Tucker presented him with the award after Tom Hanks gave a toast and a video was shown that featured testimonials from directors Brett Ratner and Jennifer Yuh Nelson.
"I want to thank all my fans around the world because you're the reason I continue to make movies, jumping through windows, kicking and punching [and] breaking my bones," Chan said before receiving a standing ovation. "Thank you so much!"
Follow honorees included film editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman.
The Governors Awards is considered a must for actors and filmmakers hoping for an Oscar nomination.
Last night's guest list included Nicole Kidman, Warren Beatty, Emma Stone, Lupita Nyong'o, Ryan Reynolds, Viola Davis, Andrew Garfield, Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Helen Mirren, Richard Gere, Armie Hammer, Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Laura Dern, Octavia Spencer, Miles Teller, Taraji P. Henson, Mark Wahlberg, Amy Adams, Pharrell Williams, Kate Beckinsale, Lily Collins, Marion Cotillard, Felicity Jones and Sir Ben Kingsley.