Mel Gibson at Cannes. Photo via Wikimedia Commons
Mel Gibson at Cannes. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Controversial actor-director Mel Gibson, whose latest directorial war movie effort “Hacksaw Ridge” will hit theaters Nov. 4, will be honored two days later at the 20th annual Hollywood Film Awards, organizers announced Monday.

Despite his numerous on-screen and behind-the-camera successes, Gibson has been reviled for rants about Jews he made during a DUI arrest by a Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputy in Malibu years ago. Other comments by the star that some people found offensive may have contributed to a slow-down in his film career.

But those days may be at least partially in the past, as Gibson will receive the Hollywood Director Award at the Nov. 6 ceremony at the Beverly Hilton. Past recipients of the honor include Tom Hooper, David O. Russell, Oliver Stone, Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese and John Schlesinger.

Gibson made his directorial debut in 1993 with “The Man Without a Face.” He also directed and starred in 1995’s “Braveheart,” which earned him Oscars for best picture and best director. He also directed, produced and co- wrote “The Passion of the Christ” in 2004.

His latest film, “Hacksaw Ridge,” recounts the story of U.S. Army medic Desmond T. Doss, who refused to carry a weapon while serving in combat in World War II but won a Medal of Honor for saving the lives of soldiers behind enemy lines in the Battle of Okinawa.

–City News Service 

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