British actor Jason Statham has called on Academy Awards bosses to create a new category honoring stunt performers.

The Hollywood tough guy, famous for his role in high-octane action films The Transporter and The Expendables, believes the highly-trained men and women behind some of film's most impressive moments should be recognized at Hollywood's biggest prize-giving.

The 46 year old star tells Vanity Fair magazine, "I think it is an overlooked category, (considering) how much responsibility these coordinators have for some of the greatest entertainment in action movies.

"I mean, all of the stunt men, these are the unsung heroes. They really are. Nobody is giving them any credibility. They're risking their necks. It's a total injustice. They're the ones getting busy.

"Then you have some guy standing in front of a f**king green screen screwing his face up pretending like he's doing the stunt. To me, it's like a farce. I have a real frustration with that because I know these coordinators. I train with them all the time and they are incredibly talented."