Still, Jackson’s work paid off, with the third installment in the trilogy, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, taking home 11 awards—including Best Picture and Director—at the 76th Academy Awards. The film is even tied with 1959’s Ben-Hur and 1997’s Titanic for the most Academy Award wins.
Prime Video acknowledged these accolades in a statement, while also noting that their decision to leave Jackson out was purely business. “In pursuing the rights for our show, we were obligated to keep the series distinct and separate from the films,” the studio told THR. “We have the utmost respect for Peter Jackson and The Lord of The Rings films and are thrilled that he is looking forward to watching The Rings of Power.“