After 56 years in the film industry, Jackie Chan can finally call an Academy Award his own.

The star of the Rush Hour trilogy, Chan received an honorary Oscar at the Governor Awards on Saturday in Los Angeles. The ceremony sees prolific screen legends from both in front and behind the camera honoured for their lifetime contributions to cinema.

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In an emotional speech, Chan thanked the Academy and recalled how his son had always wondered why he had not won one previously, citing how he mostly made action-comedies as the reason why.

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He also shouted out to Sylvester Stallone in the audience, saying how he once kissed one of his award statues while visiting his house.

"After 56 years [in the] film industry, making over 200 films, breaking so many bones, finally this is mine."

The Karate Kid actor was introduced by Rush Hour co-star Chris Tucker and received speeches from Michelle Yeoh and Tom Hanks.

Other honourees include documentary maker Frederick Wiseman, film editor Anne V. Coates and casting director Lynn Stalmaster.

The 89th Academy Awards take place on February 27, 2017.