Peter Jackson

Jackson at the 2014 [[San Diego Comic-Con International]] Sir Peter Robert Jackson (born 31 October 1961) is a New Zealand filmmaker. He is best known as the director and producer of ''The Lord of the Rings'' trilogy (2001–03) and ''The Hobbit'' trilogy (2012–14), both of which are adapted from the novels of the same name by J. R. R. Tolkien. Other notable films include the drama ''Heavenly Creatures'' (1994), the mockumentary ''Forgotten Silver'' (1995), the horror comedy ''The Frighteners'' (1996), the epic monster film ''King Kong'' (2005) and the supernatural drama film ''The Lovely Bones'' (2009). He also produced ''District 9'' (2009), ''The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn'' (2011) and the documentary ''West of Memphis'' (2012).

Jackson began his career with the "splatstick" horror comedy ''Bad Taste'' (1987) and the black comedy ''Meet the Feebles'' (1989) before filming the zombie comedy ''Braindead'' (1992). He shared an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay nomination with his partner Fran Walsh for ''Heavenly Creatures'', which brought him to mainstream prominence in the film industry. Jackson has been awarded three Academy Awards in his career, including the award for Best Director in 2003, and has been nominated for nine Academy Awards overall. He has also received a Golden Globe, four Saturn Awards and three BAFTAs amongst others.

His production company is Wingnut Films, and his most regular collaborators are co-writers and producers Walsh and Philippa Boyens. Jackson was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2002. He was later knighted (as a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit) by Anand Satyanand, the Governor-General of New Zealand, at a ceremony in Wellington in April 2010. In December 2014, Jackson was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Provided by Wikipedia

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