The news that Hacksaw Ridge was nominated for six Academy Awards took some fans of the ceremony by surprise — for years, Mel Gibson's controversial past had effectively ousted him from Hollywood, but here he was, making a comeback that seemed... almost familiar. So when his film started actually winning several awards on Oscar night, people were reacting to Hacksaw Ridge like it was the 2016 election, another night where a controversial man won in a surprise upset. So far, Gibson has yet to win himself, nor has Hacksaw Ridge triumphed in any major categories, but it still feels like an unpleasant surprise to anyone who's familiar with Gibson's past. Update: Gibson did not win Best Director at the 2017 Oscars.
Earlier: This election deja vu has plagued a lot of pop culture events this year. When the Atlanta Falcons ceded their 23-point lead, the Super Bowl felt like a similar surprise, and while both Adele and Beyoncé are skillful, talented musicians, the Grammys choosing 25 over Lemonade felt nearly traumatic. But those upsets would be thoroughly upstaged by a Mel Gibson win. And Twitter agreed.
People Were Having Deja Vu
If the election, the super bowl, and the Grammys have taught me anything it's that Hacksaw Ridge is going to win the Best Picture Oscar— Lizzy (@thedirtbird) February 13, 2017
And Processing The Night By Pretending The State Maps Had Returned
Hacksaw Ridge just won Pennsylvania.— Michael Schulman (@MJSchulman) February 27, 2017
Somehow, Bernie Got Involved Again
La La Land = Hillary Clinton— Denizcan James (@MrFilmkritik) February 27, 2017
Moonlight = Bernie Sanders
Hacksaw Ridge = Donald Trump#Oscars
Then, Fear Set In
This Oscar night is turning into election night— Marisa Balkus (@MarisaBalkus) February 27, 2017
Like what if we took the metaphor too far and HACKSAW RIDGE actually wins all the awards
hacksaw ridge has won more awards than la la land, this is past trumps america this is dog the bounty hunters america— Joanna Rothkopf (@joannarothkopf) February 27, 2017
Hacksaw Ridge up for Best Picture? I'm feeling all 10 pm-as-US-election-results-rolls-in all over again. #glush— Karen Hill (@mskarenhill) February 27, 2017
What a night.