december 13, 2016
After a decade in Hollywood purgatory, Mel Gibson is officially back this awards season.
The Hacksaw Ridge director landed a Golden Globe nomination for best director, while the film was hailed in the best motion picture drama category. The film's star Andrew Garfield also scored a best actor mention for the film about a conscientious objector in World War II, a coup for Gibson given that the actor also was being considered for the same category for his role in Martin Scorsese's Silence.
The epic WWII film won a total of 9 AACTAs out of 13 nominations, including best film and best director.
If 2015 was the year of Mad Max at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards, 2016 belongs to the original Mad Max Rockatansky, actor-director Mel Gibson after his WWII epic Hacksaw Ridge swept the awards with nine wins from 13 nominations, including best film and best director.
Gibson’s visceral tale of conscientious objector Desmond T. Doss was triumphant at the 6th annual AACTAs, with stars Andrew Garfield and Hugo Weaving also picking up best actor and best supporting actor awards respectively. Andrew Knight and Robert Schenkkan also won for best original screenplay for the film.
Gibson, who last won accolades as a director two decades ago for Braveheart, was emotional in his acceptance speech.
"I'm really honored and choked up, I can't even talk," he said. “I’d like to thank Australia for making this film. All the way up and down it's a homegrown film, he added.
Hacksaw Ridge stars Garfield and Weaving also paid tribute to the veteran. Garfield said in a pre-recorded message, "It would not have been the film it is without Mel. His brilliance, passion and his ability to make everyone feel as valuable as each other, really, the Australian in him." "It was wonderful to work with you, Mel, as a director," Weaving said, also accepting his award by video. "I've never seen a crew or a cast so enamored with their director."
And Mel Gibson was one happy camper on Sunday evening, after his film won Best Action Movie at the Critics' Choice Awards in Los Angeles.