Photos: Peter Jackson Receives Walk of Fame Star

It was a monumental day in cinema as Peter Jackson, director of The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, finally received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The director showed up with family and friends to immortalize his impact on the film industry forever. Guests included Evangeline Lily, Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood, Lee Pace, and Richard Armitage, all from the cast of his two biggest film franchises. Andy Serkis, Gollum from both trilogies and second unit director for The Hobbit, also attended and gave a speech on Jackson and his accomplishments. ”You have brought much needed magic, mystery cinematic poetry, creative ambition and most of all joy to the film industry and to the world,” he told Jackson.

“You really are genuinely one of the greatest filmmakers on the planet,” he added. “Your extraordinary leadership, your forensic thinking, your attention to detail, pioneering, fearless risk taking and your work ethic are matched only by your sense of mischief and anarchy…You are a generous, honest storyteller. Your generosity has always extended beyond just the making of your films and beyond your collaborators as evidenced by your single-handedly creating a culture where you involve your audience in every aspect of the film-making process, so we all feel a part of the family.”

All of that rings entirely true, as Jackson has given fans intimate looks into the world of cinema that few others before him ever granted. Throughout the making of The Hobbit trilogy, he updated fans with regular production diaries and even set up contests that would allow fans to visit his movie sets in New Zealand. Jackson’s films have grossed nearly $2 billion world wide, and he’s amassed one of the most dedicated followings in popular culture, but he still seemed a little in awe of the entire situation:

“This street here – the first time I ever saw it was when I was 12 years old in 1974 when my mum and dad brought me here on a trip. I had been making movies in New Zealand on my Super 8 camera for three or four years and I walked down the street and I looked at these stars and I never ever in my wildest dreams thought I’d be here today…My thanks go to the fans and the audiences for our films. Thank you for being the main reason that a 12 year old’s dreams came true.”

The cast also shared their admiration for Jackson’s accomplishments on Twitter:

 

 

Probably the truest testament to the time that has passed since Jackson first caught Hollywood’s gaze was his two children Billy and Katie, both more than a decade older (and far taller) than we first saw them in The Fellowship of the Ring, where they both played the little hobbits Bilbo told his troll story to.

Jackson’s name is forever set in stone on the Walk of Fame, but his legacy would have been long remembered without it. There’s no doubt that he has contributed to cinema in an extraordinary way, and even though his chapter in Middle Earth is drawing to a close, it’s clear that he will bring the same level of passion to his future projects.

The final film in The Hobbit trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies hits theaters next week. Check out the trailer here.

 
Photos by Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images