Mel Gibson Back in Oscar Race with Six Nominations for 'Hacksaw Ridge'

By Mark Judge | January 24, 2017 | 10:19 AM EST

Variety is reporting that “for the first time in 20 years, Mel Gibson is back in the Oscar fold.”

Mel Gibson (AP Photo)

Gibson’s film “Hacksaw Ridge” has been nominated for six Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Andrew Garfield), Film Editing, Sound Mixing, and Sound Editing.

The six nominations make “Hacksaw Ridge” it the third-highest nominated film of the year, tied with “Lion” and “Manchester by the Sea.” The frontrunners are “La La Land” with 14 nominations and “Arrival” and “Moonlight” with eight each.

“Hacksaw Ridge" tells the story of Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector during World War II. Doss saved 75 people during the Battle of Okinawa and was awarded the Medal of Honor.

This is the first time that Gibson has been nominated since he won the Best Director Oscar for “Braveheart” in 1996. The 2017 Academy Awards will be presented February 26 in Los Angeles.