Film about Lynchburg World War II hero nominated for six Academy Awards

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - "Hacksaw Ridge," a movie portraying the life of Lynchburg native Desmond Doss, has been nominated for six Academy Awards.

The film was nominated for Best Picture, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing. Mel Gibson was nominated for best director.

Andrew Garfield, who portrays Doss, earned a nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

The film details Doss' heroic journey in World War II. Doss was a conscientious objector and willingly went into battle without a weapon.

During the battle of Okinawa at Hacksaw Ridge, Doss saved 75 people.

Doss, a Seventh-Day Adventist, received the medal of honor from President Truman for his heroic actions.

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