Mel Gibson to Receive Hollywood Film Awards Directing Honor
Art and Experience: Mel Gibson will receive the Hollywood director award at the Hollywood Film Awards on Nov. 6 at the Beverly Hilton.
Dick Clark Productions made the announcement on Monday. Gibson directed Lionsgate’s World War II action-drama “Hacksaw Ridge,” starring Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn, and Teresa Palmer, which hits theaters on Nov. 4.
Past recipients of the Hollywood Director Award include Tom Hooper, David O. Russell, Oliver Stone, Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese, and John Schlesinger.
Gibson made his acting debut on “Mad Max” in 1979 and went on to star in “Gallipoli,” “The Bounty,” “Tequila Sunrise,” and the “Lethal Weapon” series. He founded Icon Productions in 1989 and made his directorial debut in 1993 with “The Man Without a Face.”
In 1995 Gibson produced, directed, and starred in “Braveheart,” which won Academy Awards for best picture and best director. He produced, co-wrote, and directed “The Passion of the Christ,” which grossed more than $600 million worldwide in 2004.
“Hacksaw Ridge” tells the story of American Army medic Desmond T. Doss (played by Garfield), who refused to kill or carry a gun in battle during World War II. He won the Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery during the Battle of Okinawa.