Mel Gibson posES to promote his film "Hacksaw Ridge" at New Orleans' Ritz Carlton, Oct. 26, 2016.
AP Photo/Max Becherer
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With its dramatic swings of fortune, Hollywood's 2016 awards season has often resembled a confounding morality play.Just as Parker was disappearing Mel Gibson, a pariah for the last decade, engineered an unexpected comeback, culminating in six nominations for his "Hacksaw Ridge," including best picture.Some of the closest races this Oscar season – including that of best-actor favorite Casey Affleck – have been over whether a contender was nimble enough to outrun his past.Awards expert for The Hollywood Reporter Scott Feinberg recently co-wrote a column saying Oscar voters should limit their judgments to the screen, though a stream of awards season op-eds – from author Roxane Gay to actor Constance Wu to actor and rape survivor Gabrielle Union – suggest some think otherwise.
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