After 21 years of absence, Mel Gibson will finally return on the red carpet for this year’s Oscars! The 61-year-old controversial actor and director has been nominated for Best Director, for his work on “Hacksaw Ridge”, the story of how scrupulous objector Desmond Doss rescued 75 people during the Battle of Okinawa.
In 1996, Mel Gibson was nominated and eventually won the Best Director award for “Braveheart”, but a DUI and some silly statements later, turned him into a Hollywood outcast.
We can all agree that he’s a gifted actor and director, but he also made some serious mistakes throughout his career. Let’s just remember a couple of his major slips.
In 2006, for example, Gibson was arrested for driving while intoxicated and ended up calling the police officers that made the bust “f—ing Jews”. For that, he was later sentenced to three years of probation.
Only four years later, in 2010, the “Passion of the Christ” director was recorded during a phone call with ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, where he said that if she were “raped by a bunch of n—–s,” she would be the one to blame, making a racist comment and at the same time scandalizing all feminists around the globe.
After the anti-Semitic burst, he apologized to the Jewish community, saying that he was going through a rough patch.
Liberated from his demons, Mel Gibson can finally receive another Academy Award, one that he deserves, although he’ll have a strong opponent in 2017’s revelation movie, “La La Land”.
“Hacksaw Ridge” received six nominations, becoming this year’s third-highest nominated film, just like “Lion” and “Manchester by the Sea.” It’s Gibson’s fifth directorial effort, after “The Man Without a Face,” “Braveheart,” the highly-acclaimed and, at the same time criticized, “The Passion of the Christ” and “Apocalypto,” another Hollywood shocker.