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Jackie Chan finally wins Oscar

image007LOS ANGELES: Five decades and 200 films later, Jackie Chan finally wins Oscar
When Jackie Chan saw an Oscar at Sylvester Stallone’s house 23 years ago, he said that was the moment he decided he wanted one.
On Saturday at the annual Governors Awards, the Chinese actor and martial arts star finally received his little gold statuette, an honorary Oscar for his decades of work in film.
“After 56 years in the film industry, making more than 200 films, after so many bones, finally,” Chan, 62, quipped at the star-studded gala dinner while holding his Oscar.
The actor recalled watching the ceremony with his parents and his father always asking him why he didn’t have Hollywood’s top accolade despite having made so many movies.
He praised his hometown Hong Kong for making him “proud to be Chinese,” and thanked his fans, saying they were the reason “I continue to make movies, jumping through windows, kicking and punching, breaking my bones.”
The actor was introduced by his “Rush Hour” co-star Chris Tucker, actress Michelle Yeoh and Tom Hanks, who referred to him as “Jackie ‘Chantastic’ Chan.”
Hanks said it was especially gratifying to be able to acknowledge Chan’s work because martial arts and action comedy films were two genres often overlooked during awards season.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, hosts of the annual ceremony, also bestowed honorary Oscars on British film editor Anne V Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and prolific documentarian Frederick Wiseman.
The evening was attended by Hollywood’s elite, including Denzel Washington, Lupita Nyong’o, Nicole Kidman, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Amy Adams and Dev Patel.
Stalmaster, 88, credited with securing career-defining roles for actors such as Jeff Bridges, Andy Garcia, Christopher Reeve and John Travolta, is the first casting director to receive an Oscar.
Coates, 90, who won the film editing Oscar for 1962’s “Lawrence of Arabia” and has edited more than 50 films, said she shared her honorary Oscar “with all the unsung heroes” of filmmaking.
Wiseman, 86, whose documentaries include 1970’s “Hospital,” 1987’s “Blind” and last year’s “In Jackson Heights,” said: “I think it’s as important to document kindness, ability and generosity of spirit as it is to show cruelty, banality and indifference,” he said.
15-year-old Nepali’s short film awarded in Chicago
Aditya Khadka, a fifteen year old filmmaker was awarded at the 33th Chicago International Children Film Festival on November 6 for his short film ‘Dhartiputra’.
The film portrays the miraculous survival of four-month old, Sonis Awal who was rescued after being buried under his house for 22 hours following the devastating earthquakes in April 2015. The film mainly focuses on the emotions of Rasmeela (Soni’s mother) during those 22 hours and her feeling after her son was rescued. Of 289 films in competition in the festival, ‘Dhartiputra’ bagged second prize in young filmmaker category.
CICFF is the biggest film festival for children and youth in North America.
Aditya is a grade 10 student, studying in Vidhya Sanskar School. ‘Dhartiputra’ had earlier won the ‘Best Documentary’ award in the Real Time Film Festival, Nigeria 2016 which was held last month and was the largest film festival in Africa. It was also awarded in Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival Seismic short film competition last year.
‘Dhartiputra’ was also screened in three other US festivals. It is also selected for Indie Wise Virtual Film Festival, 2016, which will be held in March 2017 in the US. REUTERS

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