Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson has been knighted in his native New Zealand.

The moviemaker received the honor at a ceremony in his home town of Wellington on Wednesday (28Apr10), after the knighthood was sanctioned by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, who is New Zealand's head of state. And Jackson was delighted to receive his official title as a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

He says, "I feel incredibly humbled. The truth is, making movies is not a solo effort - it involves hundreds of people, thousands of people, so I feel as though I'm accepting it on behalf of a huge industry." (LR/WNWCAG/ZN)

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