Mel Gibson to Get Hollywood Director Award. With his new film 'Hacksaw Ridge' opening Nov. 4, he will be honored at the Hollywood Film Awards on Nov. 6
- 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 out 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.