It is said in Hollywood that you are only as good as your last film. This proved true Tuesday morning for Mel Gibson when he received his first Oscar nomination in 21 years. His film Hacksaw Ridge racked up six nominations that include Gibson for Best Director, Best Picture, Best Actor for star Andrew Garfield, film editing, sound mixing and sound editing.
The WWII drama has been a hit worldwide for Lionsgate with a $65 million U.S. box office plus another $92 million overseas, totaling nearly $158 million. As far as Oscar nods go, it’s tied with Lion and Manchester by the Sea and behind La La Land with 14 and Arrival and Moonlight with eight each.
As Gibson’s first directing effort in 10 years, Hacksaw Ridge tells the story of WWII American Army Medic Desmond Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa. Doss, who refused to kill anyone, saved 75 people and became the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without ever firing a single shot.