Icon Film Distribution today announced that HACKSAW RIDGE has received an incredible 13 nominations for the 6th AACTA Awards, with the winners to be announced at the awards ceremony in Sydney on December 7th.
HACKSAW RIDGE has been nominated within the following categories:
Best Film – Bill Mechanic, David Permut, Paul Currie, Bruce Davey
Best Direction – Mel Gibson
Best Lead Actor – Andrew Garfield
Best Lead Actress – Teresa Palmer
Best Supporting Actor – Hugo Weaving
Best Supporting Actress – Rachel Griffiths
Best Original Screenplay – Andrew Knight, Robert Schenkkan
Best Cinematography – Simon Duggan ACS
Best Editing – John Gilbert
Best Sound – Andrew Wright, Robert Mackenzie, Kevin O’Connell, Mario Vaccaro, Tara Webb, Peter Grace ASSG
Best Production Design – Barry Robison
Best Costume Design – Lizzy Gardiner
Best Hair & Make-Up – Shane Thomas, Larry Van Duynhoven
Shot in various locations across New South Wales in 2015, the Australian film stars Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man, The Social Network, 99 Homes) and Vince Vaughn (Wedding Crashers, Into The Wild) along with Australians Luke Bracey (Home & Away, The Best of Me, Point Break), Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies, Knight of Cups), Hugo Weaving (The Matrix, The Dressmaker, The Lord of The Rings), Sam Worthington (Avatar, Everest) and Rachel Griffiths (TV’s Brothers & Sisters, Six Feet Under, Hilary and Jackie). Rounding out the supporting cast is an impressive mix of Australian and international talent, including Ryan Corr, Richard Roxburgh, Luke Pegler, Ben Mingay, Firass Dirani, Nico Cortez, Harry Greenwood, Milo Gibson and Nathaniel Buzolic.
HACKSAW RIDGE is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun.
He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic he single-handedly rescued the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was injured by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, which is the highest military honour in the US, awarded for personal acts of valour above and beyond the call of duty.
HACKSAW RIDGE had its World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September where it received a ten minute standing ovation and critical acclaim. On October 16 Mel Gibson and cast walked the red carpet at the film’s Australian Premiere where it was again met with a standing ovation and glowing reviews.