‘Hobbit’ director Peter Jackson gets Hollywood star

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Oscar-winning “Lord of The Rings” and “The Hobbit” director Peter Jackson received a star Monday on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, joined by key cast members from his blockbuster J.R.R Tolkien films.

Actors Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins), Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Andy Serkis (Gollum), Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield), Lee Pace (Thranduil) and Evangeline Lilly (Tauriel) were on hand to help honor the Oscar-winning filmmaker.

“Welcome to Middle Earth. Otherwise known as Hollywood, California,” said Los Angeles city councillor Mitch O’Farrell at the ceremony, attended by hundreds of screaming fans on Hollywood Boulevard.

“You really are one of the greatest filmmakers on the planet,” Serkis told the 53-year-old New Zealand-born director in a short speech before he received his star.

He was honored nine days before the US release of the final movie in the “Hobbit” trilogy: “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.” A red-carpet premiere is to be held in Hollywood on Tuesday.

Jackson’s star is on the sidewalk directly outside the Dolby Theatre, the venue for the Academy Awards at the climax of Tinseltown’s annual awards season, which is just getting into gear.

Jackson won a Best Director Oscar and shared Best Adapted Screenplay in 2004 for “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” after securing two Oscar nominations in 2002 for “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.”

The director, who also helmed the 2005 remake of the classic “King Kong,” had also been nominated for best original screenplay in 1995 for “Heavenly Creatures.”

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