Mel Gibson Oscar Nominations: ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Director Makes Comeback
Mel Gibson’s WWII drama Hacksaw Ridge earned six Oscar nominations on Tuesday, including one for Best Director for Gibson himself. It marks the actor and filmmaker’s first Academy Award nomination since 1995’s Braveheart, but more notably, one of the biggest Hollywood comebacks of all time.
Gibson has been considered an outcast in the entertainment industry since 2006 when he went on an antisemitic rant while getting arrested for a DUI. In 2010, a phone recording was released in which Gibson can be heard telling ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva that if she were “raped by a pack of n***ers,” it would be her own fault.
The actor later apologized for his transgressions, but Hollywood had mostly turned its back on Gibson, once one of the biggest movie stars in the world. But that all changed on Tuesday when Hacksaw Ridge, the true story of the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor, became third-highest nominated film of the year.
In addition to Gibson’s nomination for Best Director, the film scored nods for Best Picture, Best Actor for star Andrew Garfield, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing. Of the nine films nominated for Best Picture, only five slots are available for Best Director, one of which went to Gibson. He also beat out veteran directors such as Martin Scorsese and Clint Eastwood, whose respective films, Silence and Sully, were shut out.
Of course, it remains to be seen if all is forgiven for Gibson, as there are sure to be those opposed to his many nominations. In fact, many Twitter users are already denouncing his accolades. But the Academy has welcomed Gibson back, and no one is more grateful than the director himself. In a statement released earlier on Tuesday, he said, “What could be more exciting than listening to the nominations being announced while holding my newborn son!” Gibson is referencing his ninth child, son Lars Gerard, who girlfriend Rosalind Ross gave birth to last week.
Gibson added, “This is a truly wonderful honor. The Academy’s recognition of our film is a testament to every single person who worked on Hacksaw Ridge, and to every soldier who made the sacrifices they made to fight for their country, including Desmond Doss.”