The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have announced the four recipients of the 2016 Governors Awards this morning with global superstar Jackie Chan at the top of the list.
Chan joins legendary film editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman for recognition this year. The honorary Oscar is given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”
Best known for the “Rush Hour” franchise in the U.S., Chan has starred, written or directed more than 130 films over his career and is still a major box office star in China. Coates’ work an editor includes the likes of “Lawrence of Arabia,” “Murder on the Orient Express,” “Erin Brockovich,” “The Elephant Man” and “Out of Sight”. Stalmaster was a casting director on over 200 films including “Tootsie,” “The Graduate,” “Deliverance,” “Inherit the Wind” and “In the Heat of the Night”. Wiseman has made countless documentaries including “Titicut Follies,” “In Jackson Heights” and “Public Housing”
The Academy’s 8th Annual Governors Awards will be held on Saturday, November 12th in Hollywood. The announcement comes as Well Go USA Entertainment has acquired the English-language territories rights to Jackie Chan’s new action comedy “Railroad Tigers”. The distributor will handle its North America, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand release.
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