Mel Gibson Celebrates First Oscar Nod Since ‘Braveheart,’ And Arrival Of 9th Child

Katie Jerkovich | Entertainment Reporter

Mel Gibson is on top of the world after he got his first Oscar nod since “Braveheart” and welcomed the arrival of his ninth child over the last few days.

On Tuesday, the 61-year-old actor reacted to news of his Oscar nomination for Best Director for his work on the World War II film “Hacksaw Ridge.” The film has also been nominated for best actor, best picture, best film editing, best sound editing and best sound mixing. (RELATED: Review: Mel Gibson’s ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Is About Heroism, Not Pacifism)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Actor/director Mel Gibson (R) and screenwriter Rosalind Ross attend the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

“What could be more exciting than listening to the nominations being announced while holding my newborn son!” Gibson said in a statement to People magazine. “This is a truly wonderful honor.”

“I’m especially happy for Andrew Garfield, our producers Bill Mechanic and David Permut, our editor John Gilbert and our incredible sound teams,” he added in the statement. “The Academy’s recognition of our film is a testament to every single person who worked on Hacksaw Ridge, and to every soldier who made the sacrifices they made to fight for their country, including Desmond Doss.”

Gibson and his girlfriend of two years, Rosalind Ross, welcomed their first child, Lars Gerard, on Friday.

The last time Gibson was honored for his work was in 1996 when he won best director and best picture for the epic story about Scotland winning its independence with “Braveheart.”

Katie Jerkovich

Entertainment Reporter

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