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Peter Jackson Biography

Birth Name:
Sir Peter Robert Jackson
Birth Place:
Pukerua Bay, New Zealand
Profession
Director, screenwriter, producer

Fast Facts

  • Started professional filmmaking career with gory, splatter-filled horror comedies, including cult favorite Dead Alive (1992)
  • Produced, wrote, filmed, edited, starred in and created the makeup and special effects for his 1987 film Bad Taste
  • Jump-started the film career of Kate Winslet by casting her in 1994's Heavenly Creatures
  • Owns two miniatures, a Kong and a dinosaur, used in the original 1933 production of King Kong
  • Was paid $20 million to produce, write and direct his remake of King Kong (2005)
  • Lost approximately 50 lbs
  • between The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) and King Kong (2005)
  • Was awarded a knighthood of the New Zealand Order of Merit by Queen Elizabeth in 2010
  • Frequently collaborates with his wife, writer Fran Walsh
  • Collects models of WWI fighter planes

Awards

  • 2012Producers Guild Awards-Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Pictures: winner
  • 2010Producers Guild Awards-Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: nominated
  • 2009Oscar-Best Motion Picture of the Year: nominated
  • 2006Critics' Choice Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2006Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2005Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Director: nominated
  • 2005Online Film Critics Association-Best Director: nominated
  • 2005London Film Critics Association-Best Director: nominated
  • 2004Writers Guild Awards-Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2004Producers Guild Awards-Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: winner
  • 2004Critics' Choice Awards-Best Director: winner
  • 2004Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Foreign Film: winner
  • 2004BAFTA Film Awards-Best Adapted Screenplay: winner
  • 2004BAFTA Film Awards-The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction: nominated
  • 2004BAFTA Film Awards-Best Film: winner
  • 2004Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: winner
  • 2003Oscar-Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): winner
  • 2003BAFTA Film Awards-The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction: nominated
  • 2003Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2003Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: winner
  • 2003Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Foreign Film: winner
  • 2003Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Director: winner
  • 2003National Society of Film Critics-Best Director (Runner-up): winner
  • 2003Toronto Film Critics Association-Best Director: winner
  • 2003San Francisco Film Critics Circle-Best Director: winner
  • 2003Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Director: winner
  • 2003Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: winner
  • 2003BAFTA Film Awards-Best Film: nominated
  • 2003Oscar-Best Motion Picture of the Year: winner
  • 2002Writers Guild Awards-Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2002Critics' Choice Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2002BAFTA Film Awards-Best Film: winner
  • 2002Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Foreign Film: winner
  • 2002Oscar-Best Motion Picture of the Year: nominated
  • 2002BAFTA Film Awards-The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction: winner
  • 2002BAFTA Film Awards-Best Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2002Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2001Oscar-Best Motion Picture of the Year: nominated
  • 2001Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: nominated
  • 2001Oscar-Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): nominated
  • 2001Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: nominated
  • 2001National Board of Review-Special Achievement in Filmmaking: winner
  • 2001Toronto Film Critics Association-Best Director [Runner-up]: winner
  • 1995Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 1994Venice Film Festival-Best Direction: winner
  • 1994Oscar-Best Writing (Original Screenplay): nominated

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