Jackson already had the right to affix "sir" in front of his name after being appointed a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit at the end of 2009. But now he's been made an actual knight of the realm, granted the honor by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the arts in New Zealand. He was knighted by New Zealand's head of state, Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand, in the country's capital, Wellington.
When you think about Jackson's beginnings as a filmmaker, making delightfully oddball, low-budget flicks like Dead Alive and Meet the Feebles, his entire career is as inspirational as it impressive. The knighthood comes as a reward for all that he's created in his home country, from the jobs and tourism resulting from production of the Lord of the Rings trilogy to the internationally renowned Weta Digital and Weta Workshop effects companies and the post-production facilities that Jackson opened in 2003.
Jackson said he felt "incredibly humbled" by the honor.
"The truth is, making movies is not a solo effort -- it involves hundreds of people, thousands of people," he said. "So I feel as though I'm accepting it on behalf of the industry" (more of his post-knighting remarks can be found here.)
As a producer, Jackson's involved with Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, now in post-production. He's also working on his two-part adaptation of The Hobbit, and has a number of other projects in various states of development, including a remake of the 1955 British war movie The Dam Busters, and an adaptation of Naomi Novik's fantasy/alternate history series Temeraire.