Jackie Chan has been in the movie business for more than 50 years, turning in a number of child-actor, stuntman, and uncredited roles in the 60s and 70s. Chan finally got his big break in 1978’s Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow, a martial arts action/comedy film that would serve as the foundation to Chan’s long, storied cinematic career. After more than half a century in the biz, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will bestow an honorary award on the honorable actor.
Each year, honorary awards for lifetime achievements, exceptional contributions to motion picture arts and sciences, and outstanding service to the Academy are handed out during the Academy’s Governor Awards; the eighth annual event will take place this November 12th. Also receiving honors will be film editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman.
“The Honorary Award was created for artists like Jackie Chan, Anne Coates, Lynn Stalmaster and Frederick Wiseman — true pioneers and legends in their crafts. The board is proud to honor their extraordinary achievements, and we look forward to celebrating with them at the Governors Awards in November.”
You’d be hard-pressed to have avoided even a cursory knowledge of Chan’s filmography, but the other names on the list of honorees might be a little less well-known. Oscar-winner Coates (Lawrence of Arabia) has spent over 60 years as an editor, a career which includes Academy Award nominations for Becket, The Elephant Man, In the Line of Fire and Out of Sight. At 90 years old, Coates’ most recent work includes editing on 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey.
Stalmaster, 88, moved into casting in the 1950s after roles on stage and screen. His casting assignments for more than 500 films, which includes In The Heat of the Night, The Graduate, Tootsie and The Right Stuff, also features such notable names as Jon Voight, Richard Dreyfuss, Jill Clayburgh, and John Travolta.
Wiseman is a prolific documentary filmmaker who might as well have his own sub-genre by now. Starting with 1967’s exploration of a hospital for the criminally insane in Titicut Follies, Wiseman’s focus lingered on a number of American institutions in such films as Law and Order, Public Housing, Hospital and National Gallery. Known for long, uninterrupted takes free of commentary, Wiseman’s style allows the drama playing out in front of him to be captured as organically as possible for audiences viewing the finished film. Despite his renown, Wiseman has never been nominated for an Oscar, though he has won three Primetime Emmy awards.