Australian Academy Awards: Mel Gibson’s ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Leads With 13 Nominations


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‘Hacksaw Ridge’

The star’s return to directing also gets noms for stars Andrew Garfield and Teresa Palmer, while Aussie Oscar hopeful ‘Tanna’ scores three noms.

There’s a distinct international flavor to the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Award nominees for 2016, with Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge leading the pack with 13 nominations, two episodes of Game of Thrones vying with Gods Of Egypt and X:Men Apocalypse for the best visual effects or animation award and Australia’s foreign-language Oscar entry Tanna nominated in three categories.

In addition, a number of previous Oscar winners and nominees have been nominated for their work on a variety of Australian productions released in 2016, including Lesley Van Der Walt, Lizzy Gardiner, Marco Beltrami and John Gilbert.

Gibson’s return to the director’s chair with his visceral telling of the story of World War II army surgeon and pacifist Desmond Doss, two decades after winning the Oscar for Braveheart, is winning praise from critics globally and the Australian industry has followed suit, giving Hacksaw Ridge a clean sweep of all thirteen categories in which it was nominated, including best film.

Up against Hacksaw Ridge for best feature are Navhaul-language film Tanna, Ivan Sen’s Goldstone, 1970s coming of age film Girl Asleep and Simon Stone’s mystery film The Daughter.

Gibson is nominated as best director, competing against Sen, Bentley Dean and Martin Butler for Tanna and Rosemary Muye for Girl Asleep.

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