Son Of Real-Life ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Vet Praises Film’s Realism, Thanks Dad & The Heroes That Never Came Back

EXCLUSIVE: Don Kirchner, an attorney in northern Minnesota, is the son of George H Kirchner, who was in the 307th Infantry of the 77th Division on Okinawa during World War II and participated in the battle for the Maeda Escarpment, aka Hacksaw Ridge. Don contacted me after reading my coverage of the world premiere of Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge in Venice. At the time, he told me he’d only seen the trailer but that what it depicted “was just as my father had described the battle to my brother and me when we were kids — climbing up nets and ladders and finding Hell on Earth upon reaching the top. Dad told us about Desmond Doss and his heroics.” to read more, click here.

The Oscar Grouch: Big Week for ‘La La Land’ and ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

You could call this week the Great Narrowing of the Oscar race. With Monday morning’s Golden Globe nominations and the Screen Actors Guild offering up their own nods today, the wide canvass of Oscar hopefuls — particularly in the acting races — has significantly narrowed. To read more, click here.

SAG AWARD Noms for both Hacksaw Ridge and All The Way!

The SAG Awards, recognizing top performances in television and and film, will be presented on Jan. 29 on both TNT and TBS. The award ceremony will begin at 8 p.m. ET. To read more, click here.

‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Scales $100M+ At Global Box Office

Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge has crossed the $100M mark at the worldwide box office. The film, which made its premiere to great acclaim at the Venice Film Festival, is now at $111M+ worldwide. The current split is $50M international, and $61.1M domestic. To read more, click here.

Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge given three Golden Globe nods

AFTER sweeping last week’s AACTA and Critics Choice Awards, Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge continues it’s run towards the Academy Awards with three Golden Globe nods. To read more click here.

HACKSAW RIDGE Wins Two Critics Choice Awards!

HACKSAW RIDGE won Best Action Film of the Year and Andrew Garfield won Best Actor in an Action Film.

AFI Awards: Best Of 2016 Film List Includes ‘Silence’, ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ & More

The American Film Institute has unveiled its annual AFI Movies of the Year list, which is heavy on Paramount films including the latest comer to the awards-season race, Martin Scorsese’s Silence.To read more, click here.

‘Hacksaw Ridge’ writer Robert Schenkkan: Mel Gibson is ‘nothing but generous and imaginative and demanding’

“It was a very satisfying experience, after a very long time,” says screenwriter Robert Schenkkan during our recent webcam chat (watch above) when asked about the long and sometimes torturous path to get “Hacksaw Ridge” made. Schenkkan came on board 10 years ago to write the script, but the World War II film languished in development hell." To read more and to see the film interview, click here.

Mel Gibson’s ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Sweeps Australia’s AACTA Awards

Mel Gibson’s pacifist World War II drama, Hacksaw Ridge, took five key prizes at the AACTA Awards in Sydney last night. The film won Australia’s equivalent to the Oscar in the Best Film, Best Direction and Best Original Screenplay (Andrew Knight and Robert Schenkkan) categories as well as scooping Best Lead Actor for Andrew Garfield and Best Supporting Actor for Hugo Weaving. To read more, click here.

Robert Schenkkan on why 'Hacksaw Ridge' is anti-Trump

Hacksaw Ridge screenwriter Robert Schenkkan talks to Jeremy Kay about why he believes the violent story of peace-loving war hero Desmond Doss is so relevant to our troubled times. To read more, click here.