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Jackie Chan. Sorry, Academy, but this was not an appropriate choice

Jackie Chan

By Michael Russnow

“Consider superstars such as Warren Beatty, Robert Redford, Debbie Reynolds, Annette Bening, Harrison Ford, Albert Finney, Kim Novak, Doris Day, Samuel L. Jackson, Glenn Close, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp, just some of the performers already past fifty who have never won an acting Oscar, nor have they received the honorary award, which has always been a way for the Academy to recognize these oversights, despite their having also appeared in any number of important movies.

I’m not sure why the Academy leaders felt moved to award Chan with this honor, but giving them the benefit of the doubt, perhaps they were drawing attention to a genre of the cinema world that has popular favor and entertains a large audience, in spite of the absence of critical acclaim.”

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Michael Russnow

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