Action movie star, writer, director and martial artist Jackie Chan would be to be granted an honorary Oscar for his “extraordinary accomplishments” in picture.
The US film academy also voted to give the awards to editor Anne Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and documentary maker Frederick Wiseman.
Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs described the four as “genuine innovators and stars within their crafts”.
62, Chan, starred in dozens of martial arts films in his native Hong Kong.
He went on to tremendous international success with hits like Rumble in the Bronx, the Rush Hour franchise, and the animation movie Kung Fu Panda.
The other three honorary winners all have had long careers in film.
Their statuettes will be presented at the Governors Awards ceremony in November.