With the imminent release of his latest epic movie in The Hobbit; The Battle of the Five Armies, it would seem Peter Jackson really is one of the stars of cinema as we reported last month. That place was firmly cemented as his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was unveiled to not only a large crowd of fans and paparazzi but a host of his actors who joined in celebrating with him.
The esteemed New Zealand director’s star has been placed in some prime celebrity real estate on the world famous tourist attraction, right outside the Dolby Theatre (where every tourist who gets on the red bus has to go, as well as home to The Academy Awards) and is alongside Nicole Kidman and fellow legendary director Steven Spielberg. At the unveiling, the honour of speaking about Jackson was given to Andy Serkis, best known for his Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
In what would have to be my favourite shot of the event and one that does not feature Jackson himself; this one shows that he is really special to the people who worked with him on these films. The photo of Orlando Bloom, Richard Armitage and Elijah Wood was one of many showing the great support for Peter by the actors who have worked with him for such a long time. Also attending the event were Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Evangeline Lilly, and Jackson’s wife and children.
Serkis thanked Peter for the “magic, mystery… and most of all joy” he bought to the world of cinema. He went on to speak glowingly about how Jackson is a “genuine, bona fide no bull-shit visionary” and a man who is both “generous and honest.”
A clearly moved Jackson told the crowd “when I was 12, I walked along the street and looked at these stars and never, ever in my wildest dreams thought I would ever find myself here today to receive a star,” he added to the gathered fans, film executives and stars of his Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films. He went on to show the calibre of his beliefs when he said that they had come out of this experience of the last 17 years as friends “and that is far, FAR more important than anything”.
The three time Academy Award winner said he hoped he showed all aspiring directors that if you work hard and follow your dreams you can achieve anything. I think that sentiment goes for anyone in any career. Jackson thanked New Zealand for helping him achieve his visions, from the Government right down to the people and got slightly emotional as he thanked his wife Fran and their children. Last of all Jackson thanks the fans and the audience as they are the main reason he does what he does. The Lord of the Rings trilogy earned 30 Oscar nominations, winning 17, including Best Picture for the final chapter.
If you want to watch or perhaps re-watch the ceremony, then you can watch the whole thing below.
The final film of The Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, will be in UK cinemas from December 12, and in US theatres from December 17.