The 'Rush Hour' actor hailed his recognition at the Eighth Annual Governors Awards a “dream” come true after being recognised by the Academy for the first time in his 56-year career.
Accepting the accolade from Tom Hanks, Michelle Yeoh and Chris Tucker, he said: “My dad always said, 'Son, you get so many movie awards in the world, when are you going to get one of these?' Then I just look at my dad. 'Ha, ha, ha. Dad, I only make comedy action movies.' “
The 62-year-old actor recalled seeing Sylvester Stallone's Academy Award statuette when he had a meeting at the 'Expendables' star's home 23 years ago and admitted it made him “really want one”.
He recalled: “I touched it, kissed it, smelled it... 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?' “
Jackie went on to thank his fans and vowed to keep making movies, even though he's been left injured many times because of his work.
He said: “After 56 years in the film industry, making over 200 films, I've broken so many bones, finally this is mine. I want to thank you, Hong Kong, such an incredible city, my hometown, my hood, who make me.
“China, my country, I am proud to be Chinese. Thank you, Hollywood, for all of those years teaching me so many things, and also make me a little bit famous. I'm just honored to be here.”
Other honourees at the event, which took place at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Los Angeles on Saturday (12.11.16) night, included film editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman.
The star-studded guest list for the ceremony included Nicole Kidman, Warren Beatty, Emma Stone, Lupita Nyong'o, Ryan Reynolds, Viola Davis, Andrew Garfield, Dame Helen Mirren, Richard Gere, Michelle Williams, Mark Wahlberg, Amy Adams, Kate Beckinsale, Lily Collins, Marion Cotillard, Felicity Jones and Sir Ben Kingsley.