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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.
Gibson had become a Hollywood pariah following a DUI arrest in July 2006, when the Oscar-winning Braveheart director hurled statements about “f—ing Jews” at an officer. Within hours, the arrest report was leaked, and the industry turned a cold shoulder on Gibson’s awards-season contender Apocalypto.
But Hacksaw Ridge has been garnering Oscar-level praise (THR‘s David Rooney called the movie a “forceful comeback … that succeeds in combining horror with grace”), and the once-embattled star is poised for a resurgence.
At the time of the arrest, Gibson publicly denounced his words and asked for forgiveness. Hacksaw Ridge marks his first foray behind the camera since Apocalypto.
Gibson, who this year beat out veteran directors for the nom including Scorsese and Clint Eastwood (Sully), will compete for the best director Golden Globe against La La Land‘s Damien Chazelle, Nocturnal Animals‘ Tom Ford, Moonlight‘s Barry Jenkins and Manchester by the Sea‘s Kenneth Lonergan.
Gibson last nabbed a Golden Globe director nomination in 1996 for Braveheart, which he went on to win. He received actor nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in 1997 (Ransom) and 2001 (What Women Want).
Hacksaw Ridge is making waves at the box office as well, having earned $83 million worldwide to date.
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