Samuel L. Jackson has finally received his first-ever Academy Award - a lifetime achievement award!
Despite being one of the most renowned and critically acclaimed actors in the world, Jackson, 73, had never won the coveted golden statuette up until last Friday.
Last Friday, Jackson was presented with the honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in a non-televised ceremony by his old pal Denzel Washington. And boy, was it a moment to remember!
The lifetime achievement award celebrates "extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy."
Recognized worldwide as a fine actor, Jackson has been in the business for a number of decades, starring in some of the world's most popular movies such as Pulp Fiction, A Time To Kill, as well as a series of Marvel movies.Watch the heartwarming moment a legend finally gets his well-deserved Oscar:
Needless to say, the moment warmed the hearts of film fans all over the world:
He was nominated once for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Jules Winnfield in 1994's Pulp Fiction. However, that year, the award went to Martin Landau for Ed Wood.
In February, the outspoken actor admitted to The Sunday Times: "I should have won that one." He had been referring specifically to his Pulp Fiction nomination, but also highlighted his performance in 1991's Jungle Fever as being Oscar-worthy.
"I guess Black folk usually win for doing despicable s*** onscreen. Like Denzel [Washington] for being a horrible cop in Training Day. All the great stuff he did in uplifting roles like Malcolm X? No... we'll give it to this motherf****r. So maybe I should have won one."
He added: "But, Oscars don't move the comma on your check - it's about getting asses in seats and I've done a good job of doing that."
Announcing the news that Jackson would be honored with the Oscar, Academy President David Rubin said in a statement last year that the actor "is a cultural icon whose dynamic work has resonated across genres and generations and audiences worldwide."
He added: "Jackson has brought an indelible presence to his roles in more than 100 films ranging from independents to blockbusters."