December 13, 2016: Director Mel Gibson’s war epic Hacksaw Ridge has been nominated for three Golden Globe awards.
The movie, which depicts the real life heroism of Adventist conscientious objector and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Desmond Doss, was nominated for best drama, best actor for Andrew Garfield and best director for Gibson himself.
The nominations come after a decade of Gibson being shunned by much of Hollywood because of an anti-semitic drunken rant at police officers during a DUI arrest in 2006. Another widely-publicized incident that hurt Gibson’s image was the recording of him making physical threats against the mother of his child.
The awareness that Hacksaw Ridge has generated about Adventism has led to a widespread outreach attempt by church members to educate the public about Desmond Doss, his reasons for being a conscientious objector and the teachings of his denomination.
Hacksaw Ridge was released on November 4. It tells the story of Doss, an Adventist World War II army medic who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for saving the lives of 75 men as a conscientious objector in the Battle of Okinawa.