Mel Gibson to Get Hollywood Director Award
As he mounts something of a directorial comeback, Mel Gibson has been chosen to receive the Hollywood Film Awards’ Hollywood Director Award. The prize will be handed Nov. 6 at an awards ceremony to be hosted by James Corden at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Gibson’s new film, Hacksaw Ridge, stars Andrew Garfield in the true story of Desmond T. Doss, an Army medic and conscientious objector who displayed heroism in the Battle of Okinawa. The pic, which also stars Vince Vaughn and Teresa Palmer, is set to be released Nov. 4 by Lionsgate.
Hacksaw Ridge is the first film that Gibson, a best director Oscar winner for 1995’s Braveheart, has helmed since 2006’s Apocalypto and 2004’s box-office hit The Passion of the Christ. He also starred recently in the action thriller Blood Father.
Past honorees of the Hollywood Director Award include Tom Hooper, David O. Russell, Oliver Stone, Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese and John Schlesinger, among others.
The Hollywood Film Awards, marking their 20th anniversary, are produced by Dick Clark Productions.
Nice to see this. For a while I wondered if there wasn’t some sort of blacklist going on in Hollywood against people of Gibson’s faith or “conservatism”.
The premise of the story … a pacifist goes to war to save as many people as he can … reminds me a BIT of the movie Sargent York starring Gary Cooper and Joan Leslie.
It looks like a good movie. I PLAN to see it. Though I haven’t formalized my plans yet.