Saturday, January 2, 2010

Peter Jackson Knighted in New Zealand

While Patrick Stewart was being knighted in the United Kingdom earlier this week, Oscar-winning director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and fellow geek icon Peter Jackson became Sir Peter Jackson in New Zealand, BBC News reports.

“I didn’t think anything would surpass the 2004 Academy Awards, but I was wrong,” the filmmaker said in a statement, referring to The Return of the King’s 11 Oscar wins that year including Best Picture and Best Director. “The feeling of gratitude and pride I have in accepting this honor from my home country is profound.”

Jackson’s The Lovely Bones, based on the 2002 novel by Alice Sebold, will get a wide release in the United States on January 15.

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