Another sign that it's a great time to be a geek: Peter Jackson's now a real, honest-to-hobbit knight.

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.
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