Five Oscars and four Baftas are recognition for a body of work in the film industry, but a knighthood for Weta Workshop’s Richard Taylor is reward beyond the realm of his imagination. Sir Richard, 45, who has won the movie awards for his work with Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong, has been knighted in this year’s Queen’s Birthday honours list.

It comes after he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2004, and was Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006 and 2007, among other honours. More..