Peter Jackson to Be Honored by Visual Effects Society

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Peter Jackson will receive the Visual Effects Society's Lifetime Achievement Award during the 19th annual VES Awards, which will be presented during a virtual ceremony on April 6.

“Sir Peter Jackson is one of the most innovative filmmakers of our generation,” said VES board chair Lisa Cooke in a released statement. “Peter pushes the known boundaries of filmmaking and his vision and contributions to the art are legendary. He has redefined the relationship between the viewer and the story – you can easily see this from the epic cult followings of his highly engaging work, a testament to his expert blending of visual effects, evocative characters and a remarkable imagination.”

Best known for his Lord of the Rings trilogy, Jackson's work on 2003's The Return of the King won 11 Oscars including three for Jackson (for adapted screenplay, director and best picture). His credits include his 2005 remake of King Kong and the three-film adaptation of Tolkien’s The Hobbit. He also directed and produced They Shall Not Grow Old, a WWI documentary with digitally restored, never-before-seen footage.

“I’m thrilled and gratified to receive the VES Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Jackson in a released statement. “If I was ever going to be honored for my lifetime of work, I would have chosen the VES award, because I started my career as a 7-year-old making models and shooting them with a Super 8 camera. The dream of making visual effects was the seed of my whole world as a filmmaker. But just because it’s called Lifetime, don’t think I’ve peaked; there’s a lot more to come.”

Jackson is currently directing and producing the documentary The Beatles: Get Back, slated for release in August.

Also during the upcoming VES Awards, as previously announced, visual effects supervisor, second unit director and director of photography Robert Legato is slated to accept the VES Award for Creative Excellence.