Oh baby! Mel Gibson, 60, packs on the PDA with pregnant girlfriend Rosalind Ross, 26, as he receives Hollywood Film Award
Mel Gibson looks to be getting back into Hollywood's circle of trust.
The 60-year-old, who's been amiss from Hollywood for the better part of a decade amid multiple documented incidents of racism and misogyny, looked to be back in the swing of things at Sunday's 20th Annual Hollywood Film Awards.
The actor-director he walked the red carpet at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for the event with his pregnant girlfriend Rosalind Ross, 26.
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Back in the high life: Mel Gibson, 60, looked dapper as he walked the red carpet with his pregnant girlfriend Rosalind Ross, 26
Gibson was slated to add to his mantelpiece at the ritzy event, as organizers with Dick Clark Productions last month tabbed the Academy Award-winning star and director of Braveheart with the Hollywood director award, an honor previously bestowed upon iconic filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, Oliver Stone, David O. Russell and Ron Howard, Variety reported.
The New York-born, Australia-raised star wore a conservative navy blue suit with a striped red tie and black dress shoes, sporting a thick beard with a large grey patch around his chin.
Rosalind, an ex-equestrian vaulter, wore an elegant black gown with a white shoulder-less top, carrying a white purse.
Ross - who looks to be the first love interest Gibson's emerged publicly with since his infamous 2010 split with baby mama Oksana Grigorieva - beamed with her long black locks worn down, red lipstick and ornate earrings.
May-December romance: Gibson disregards the 31-year age difference between himself and Ross, who's expecting his ninth child. He told The Mirror, 'Regarding age and relationships, it's just a number. We dig each other.'
Rebound: Gibson's career looks to be back on the upswing, as he got the Hollywood director award at Sunday's event, on the heels of strong reviews for his new film Hacksaw Ridge
The honors at Sunday's event coincided with this weekend's release of Hacksaw Ridge, a World War II film Gibson directed that stars Andrew Garfield and Vince Vaughn.
The critically-acclaimed period piece, which looks to be Gibson's re-entry into show business in the wake of the multiple scandals, had a modest box office in its opening weekend with a $14.75 million, third-place finish, well behind Doctor Strange ($85 million) and Trolls ($45.6 million).
The Lethal Weapon actor's path back to relevance comes just more than 10 years after he was arrested in Malibu in connection with drunk driving, as first reported by TMZ.
Lady love: Gibson told The Mirror that his relationship with Ross is 'working out great,' adding that she's 'a really special person'
Leading the way: Hacksaw Ridge marks Gibson's first directorial stint since 2006's Apocalypto
In the July 2006 incident, Gibson launched into a racist rant disparaging Jews, in which he declared, 'The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world,' and asked the arresting officer, Los Angeles Police Department Deputy James Mee, 'Are you a Jew?'
While Gibson reemerged with a starring turn in the crime drama Edge of Darkness, released in January of 2010, he plummeted back to Hollywood pariah-ville six months later after a series of recordings of him verbally abusing Grigorieva surfaced on Radar Online.
On the tapes, Gibson was heard calling Grigorieva a 'b****, c**t, wh**e,' and 'gold digger,' while admitting to striking her. At one point, he threatened the mother of his eighth child, 'I’ll put you in a f***ing rose garden you c**t!'
Gibson was also heard using offensive racist phrases in the shocking series of diatribes.
Old school: Gibson (left) poses next to one of the stars of his World War II drama, Vince Vaughn
Versatility: Gibson praised Vaughn for his dramatic turn in the new film. He told USA Today, 'This isn't Wedding Crashers Vince, this is Sgt. Howell Vince - it's a different animal altogether'
Gibson - who in 2011 entered a no contest plea to misdemeanor spousal battery in connection with the incident with Grigorieva - opened up to Deadline about the shock he felt when the explosive recordings were shared with the world.
'Who anticipates being recorded? Who anticipates that? Who could anticipate such a personal betrayal?' he said in the April 2011 interview. 'I’ve never treated anyone badly or in a discriminatory way based on their gender, race, religion or sexuality - period.
'I don’t blame some people for thinking that though, from the garbage they heard on those leaked tapes, which have been edited.'
Gibson said that he was 'trying to get out of a really unhealthy relationship' at the time of the contentious conversations. He added that the content on the tapes did not 'represent what I truly believe or how I’ve treated people my entire life.
All that glitters: Gibson's mercurial relationship with ex Oksana Grigorieva ended in 2010. The two were snapped in March of that year, months before the tapes of their interactions surfaced publicly
Hollywood Film Award Honorees
Hollywood Career Achievement Award - Eddie Murphy
Hollywood Actor Award - Tom Hanks (Sully)
Hollywood Supporting Actor Award - Hugh Grant (Florence Foster Jenkins)
Hollywood Actress Award - Natalie Portman (Jackie)
Hollywood Supporting Actress Award - Nicole Kidman (Lion)
Hollywood Comedy Award - Robert De Niro (The Comedian)
Hollywood Breakout Actress Award - Naomie Harris (Collateral Beauty, Midnight)
New Hollywood Award - Lily Collins (Rules Don't Apply)
Spotlight Award - Janelle Monáe (Hidden Figures)
Hollywood Ensemble Award - Gold cast
Hollywood Song Award - Justin Timberlake (Can't Stop The Feeling from the film Trolls)
Hollywood Documentary Award - Leonardo DiCaprio and Fisher Stevens (Before the Flood)
Hollywood Director Award - Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)
Hollywood Breakthrough Director Award - Tom Ford (Nocturnal Animals)
Hollywood Blockbuster Award - Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book)
Hollywood Producer Award - Marc Platt (La La Land, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, The Girl On The Train)
Hollywood Screenwriter Award - Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester By The Sea)
Hollywood Animation Award - Byron Howard and Rich Moore (Zootopia)
Hollywood Visual Effects Award - Stephane Ceretti and Richard Bluff (Dr. Strange)
Hollywood Costume Design Award - Albert Wolsky (Rules Don't Apply)
Hollywood Production Design Award - Wynn Thomas (Hidden Figures)
Hollywood Make Up & Hair Styling Award - Angela Conte, Bec Taylor, Shane Thomas, Noriko Waztanabe (Hacksaw Ridge)
Hollywood Sound Award - Christopher Boyes and Frank Eulner (The Jungle Book)
Hollywood Editor Award - John Gilbert (Hacksaw Ridge)
Hollywood Cinematography Award - Linus Sandgren (La La Land)
Hollywood Film Composer Award - Mychael Danna (Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, Storks)
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