Mel Gibson Continues Comeback With Hollywood Director Award

Mel Gibson (Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

By Gregg Kilday, The Hollywood Reporter

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 at an awards ceremony to be hosted by James Corden on Nov. 6 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Gibson’s new film, Hacksaw Ridge, starring Andrew Garfield in the true story of Desmond T. Doss, an Army medic and conscientious objector who displayed heroism in the Battle of Okinawa, will be released by Lionsgate on Nov. 4. It also stars Vince Vaughn and Teresa Palmer.

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It’s the first film that Gibson, an Oscar winner as best director for 1995’s Braveheart, has directed since 2006’s Apocalypto and 2004’s box-office hit The Passion of the Christ. Gibson has also been seen on screen recently starring 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.