Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge Dominates AACTA Awards


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Mel Gibson’s war movie Hacksaw Ridge was the big winner at Australia’s AACTA Awards on Wednesday night, taking home nine prizes.

The Mad Max actor scored the Best Direction award for his first directorial effort in 10 years, while the World War II drama also won the coveted Best Film prize at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) ceremony, the country’s answer to the Oscars, in Sydney.


It also achieved trophies for Best Original Screenplay for Andrew Knight and Robert Schenkkan while Hugo Weaving struck gold for Best Supporting Actor and Andrew Garfield won Best Lead Actor for his portrayal of real-life American conscientious objector Desmond Doss.

It had previously been announced at a luncheon on Monday that Hacksaw Ridge had won awards for Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Cinematography and Best Sound, bringing its total to nine.

“We’re thrilled to receive [the awards],” Gibson said in the media room, according to The Guardian. “Every aspect of that film was done professionally and mounted in a very efficient way. It’s an independent film when all is said and done and we got a lot of bang for our buck.”

Other film winners included The Daughter, which won Best Adapted Screenplay and prizes for best lead and supporting actress for Odessa Young and Miranda Otto respectively.

In the TV categories, notable winners include TV series Wentworth for best drama series and The Night Manager‘s Elizabeth Debicki, who scored Best Lead Actress in a television drama for The Kettering Incident, which was also named best telefeature or miniseries.

The list of movie winners are as follows:

Best Film – Hacksaw Ridge

Best Direction – Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge

Best Lead Actor – Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Best Lead Actress – Odessa Young, The Daughter

Best Supporting Actor – Hugo Weaving, Hacksaw Ridge

Best Supporting Actress – Miranda Otto, The Daughter

Best Original Screenplay – Hacksaw Ridge, Andrew Knight, Robert Schenkkan

Best Adapted Screenplay – The Daughter, Simon Stone

Best Cinematography – Hacksaw Ridge, Simon Duggan

Best Editing – Hacksaw Ridge, John Gilbert

Best Sound – Hacksaw Ridge, Andrew Wright, Robert Mackenzie, Kevin O’Connell, Mario Vaccaro, Tara Webb, Peter Grace

Best Original Music Score – Tanna, Antony Partos

Best Production Design – Hacksaw Ridge, Barry Robinson

Best Costume Design – Girl Asleep, Jonathon Oxlade


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