He’s behind some of the biggest movies in the past two decades and has a string of awards no doubt littering his Wellington residence as proof, and in early December his place in history will be cemented, almost literally, as Kiwi director/producer/screenwriter Peter Jackson will be honoured by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
Just 10 days shy of his latest epic, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is out in cinemas, Jackson and his body of work will be celebrated as he unveils his star along Hollywood’s famous Walk of Fame.
As is fitting the director of countless hit movies including Heavenly Creatures (1994), The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003), King Kong (2005), The Lovely Bones (2005) and The Hobbit trilogy (2012-2014), Jackson’s star will be located outside the Dolby Theatre, the venerable arena that currently hosts the Academy Awards ceremonies, a stage that Jackson and his team have graced many a time.
Ana Martinez, producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies, said in the announcement yesterday (November 24), “We are very happy to honor such an esteemed filmmaker as Peter Jackson with a star on the Walk of Fame. His groundbreaking and award-winning films are part of the legacy of larger-than-life, Hollywood-style entertainment that is beloved the world over.”
With a number of stars announced to be in attendance, no doubt in town for the LA premiere of the film, it falls to long-time collaborator Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit trilogy, King Kong) to assist emcee and Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler to unveil the 2,538th star. Others confirmed to be on hand to help celebrate are Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Richard Armitage and Elijah Wood.
As well as his work in motion pictures, Jackson has played an active role in the enrichment and promotion of the arts, as well as being heavily involved in humanitarian causes, including stem cell research and civil rights. Among his other honours, Jackson was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2001, later being knighted as a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2010.
I have to admit to being surprised that Jackson has not already got a star along the Walk of Fame. For being such a force within the motion picture community both in terms of the quality of his films, but also in the advancements made in the field of special effects that Weta Workshop, the film and TV effects company that he is a partner of with Richard Taylor, Tania Rodger and Jamie Selkirk, I would have thought he would have received this honour at least around the time of the release of the final Lord of the Rings film, if not the year after following its triumphant 17 Academy Award-winning Oscars.
Jackson is a well-deserving honoree and we here at 4YE congratulate him on this achievement.
Peter Jackson’s star unveiling will take place on Monday, December 8 at 11.30am PST. The ceremony will be live-streamed exclusively on http://www.walkoffame.com/ The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is in cinemas December 17.
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