Jackie Chan Among 2016's Honorary Oscar Recipients

The honorees for this year's Governor's Awards have been announced, and the Academy has made some unusual, but inspired choices this time around. The most familiar name among the bunch is the legendary Jackie Chan of course, who receives the award after four decades of brilliant and innovative contributions to action cinema as a master choreographer, stuntman and filmmaker as well as global superstar. In fact, it's hard to believe that at 62, the only question might be is he too young to receive what's seen as the equivalent of a lifetime achievement award (but hey, Spike Lee got this last year at 58, so if he can get one...). The other recipients are the British film editor Anne Coates, whose work includes Lawrence of Arabia, Becket, The Elephant Man, In the Line of Fire and Out of Sight, documentarian Frederick Wiseman, whose films were never even nominated for an Oscar, and casting director Lynn Stalmaster, who's filmography dates from the late 1950's to the early 1980's, and includes films like I Want to Live!, Judgment at Nuremberg,  In the Heat of the Night, Jeremiah Johnson, Fiddler on the Roof, The Last Detail, Bound for Glory, Superman (we can thank him for discovering Christopher Reeve) and Being There. The 8th Annual Governor's Awards will take place on November 12th.