Hacksaw Ridge wins nine awards

Actor Andrew Garfield won the best actor award for his portrayal of Desmond Doss. (Photo: Mark Rogers)

Hacksaw Ridge—the film that tells the story of Seventh-day Adventist conscientious objector Desmond Doss—has scooped the pool at Australia’s leading film and television awards.

The film won a total of nine Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) awards: five presented last night (December 7) at The Star in Sydney, and four handed out earlier in the week. It picked up best film, best director, best lead actor, best supporting actor, best original screenplay, best editing, best sound, best production design and best cinematography.

"It was just a pure pleasure to make this film."

Accepting the award for best director last night, Mel Gibson said he felt “really honoured and choked up”.

“I need to thank Australia for making this film,” he said. “All the way up and down the line, it’s a home-grown thing.”

Speaking from Los Angeles, Andrew Garfield, who played Doss in the film, expressed his gratitude for being awarded best actor.

“It was just a pure pleasure to make this film,” he said. “I feel very strange being given an award for something that is just pure joy for me.”

War hero Desmond Doss. Photo courtesy Desmond Doss Council.
War hero Desmond Doss. (Photo: Desmond Doss Council)

Hacksaw Ridge tells the story of Doss, the first conscientious objector in American history to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. The Adventist army medic braved bullets, grenades and snipers while single-handedly evacuating the wounded from behind enemy lines during World War II. He is credited for saving at least 75 lives.

Adventists are being encouraged to use the movie’s publicity as an opportunity to “share the faith of Doss” with friends, families, neighbours and colleagues.

For resources and more information go to: http://faithofdoss.com.