After a decade of “exile” from Hollywood, actor turned director Mel Gibson seems to be coming back with a bang. His new war movie “ Hacksaw Ridge ” has been dominating the movie awards shows in the United States and it does not seem to be stopping here. The movie won nine awards at the 2016 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts or the Aactas which took place at Sydney’s The Star. The awards were for best lead actor (Andrew Garfield), best supporting actor (Hugo Weaving), best original screenplay, best direction and best film. They received the other four awards on Monday at the industry luncheon. They were for best editing, best production design, best cinematography and best sound.
Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts
Some very big names took part in the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts event. Among them were Geoffrey Rush (who is the president of AACTA), director George Miller, famous Hollywood actress Isla Fisher along with her husband Sacha Baron Cohen, Rose Byrne and Paul Hogan.
However, the evening was not as quiet and peaceful as it seems. Before the event, on the red carpet, some members of the Women in Film and Television group protested dressed as sausages. They reportedly want more female representation in the movie industry and at the awards. The security quickly removed them. Another very colorful presence was that of Boy George who, along with some other very unusual presences starred in “ Tanna ”, which was nominated for best film.
Mel Gibson ‘s return
There are twenty years since Mel Gibson won the Academy Award for best picture and best director for “ Braveheart “. Since then, he had some troubles, especially that episode of drinking and driving which he got arrested for.
The movie “ Hacksaw Ridge “ is based on the real life war story of Desmond Doss. He became famous after he refused to carry a weapon on the field and instead chose to help the soldiers by being a combat medic. After the event ended, Mel Gibson talked with reporters and said that the entire team is “thrilled” to receive so many awards. According to him, the whole movie crew did everything as professionally as they could and considering the fact that it is an independent movie after all, this is truly amazing. Also, they shot the entire film in Australia, so this was another reason to be proud. Some people have begun speculating that this movie might bring Gibson back into the spotlight. Who knows, he might even get an Oscar for it, this year. The chances are undoubtedly there.
Andrew Garfield won best actor for his amazing performance as Desmond Doss. Critics are saying that he has serious chances at winning an Oscar for it too. Hugo Weaving accepted his best supporting actor award through a video. He could not be present because he is currently filming another movie. Writer-director Simon Stone won the award for best adapted screenplay. Other two awards for acting went to his other movie, “The Daughter “. Odessa Young won best actress and Miranda Otto best supporting actress, both for “ The Daughter “. Isla Fisher also won the Trailblazer award for her entire movie career.
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