Director Peter Jackson will finally receive the title he’s been chasing through film for years. According to THR, the Oscar winning director will be one of the many people honored with the title of knight thanks to his contribution to film. He will follow in the footsteps of several other well known actors, singers, and directors who have “Sir” attached to their name.
A lot of us are used to hearing about entertainers receiving the honor from England, and New Zealand is no different. New Zealand knights and dames, among the nation’s highest honors, are sanctioned by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, New Zealand’s head of state — stemming from the country’s past as a British colony. Jackson will be joining the likes of Ridley Scott, Alfred Hitchcock, and Steven Spielberg who are also members of the knighthood.
There are plenty of actors and musicians who have been knighted via their native countries, and Jackson definitely deserves the title. Not just because of his revolutionary work on The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, but due to his general understanding of filmmaking. A lot of directors are only concerned with themselves and their jobs, but Jackson knows the ins and outs of the business like the back of his hand. He actually studied the craft, and along with Spielberg, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese and James Cameron knows how to wear more than one hat when he’s on set.
Do you think Peter Jackson deserves to be knighted for his accolades in film?