"It's an awesome sort of experience, the kind of thing you don't really think about as a young actor," Jackson said at the ceremony. "You sort of stop to pause and say to yourself, 'Wow, you're in a very elite club.'"
Jackson began his film career in 1972 with "Together for Days," and has appeared in more than 100 movies, including "Do the Right Thing," "Jungle Fever" and "Pulp Fiction."
Last year, Jackson played jedi master Mace Windu in "Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith."
His upcoming movie "Freedomland" opens Feb. 17.