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Comeback complete? Mel Gibson gets an Oscar nod

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/24/2017 By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer
FILE - This Oct. 26, 2016 file photo shows director Mel Gibson posing to promote his film, "Hacksaw Ridge," at the Ritz Carlton in New Orleans. Gibson was nominated for an Oscar for best directing on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, for his work on the film. The 89th Academy Awards will take place on Feb. 26. (AP Photo/Max Becherer, File) © The Associated Press FILE - This Oct. 26, 2016 file photo shows director Mel Gibson posing to promote his film, "Hacksaw Ridge," at the Ritz Carlton in New Orleans. Gibson was nominated for an Oscar for best directing on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, for his work on the film. The 89th Academy Awards will take place on Feb. 26. (AP Photo/Max Becherer, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Mel Gibson is having quite a week: On Friday, he became a father for the ninth time and on Tuesday he earned an unexpected Oscar nomination, capping what appears to be a remarkable comeback from Hollywood's version of Siberia.

FILE - This Jan. 6, 2017 file photo shows Rosalind Ross, left, and Mel Gibson at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. Gibson’s publicist Alan Nierob confirms actor-director Rosalind Ross gave birth to their son, Lars Gerard Gibson, on Friday, Jan. 20. Gibson, who won an Oscar for directing "Braveheart," has seven children from his marriage to his ex-wife, Robyn Moore. Their youngest child is 17. He also had a 7-year-old daughter with ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - This Jan. 6, 2017 file photo shows Rosalind Ross, left, and Mel Gibson at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. Gibson’s publicist Alan Nierob confirms actor-director Rosalind Ross gave birth to their son, Lars Gerard Gibson, on Friday, Jan. 20. Gibson, who won an Oscar for directing "Braveheart," has seven children from his marriage to his ex-wife, Robyn Moore. Their youngest child is 17. He also had a 7-year-old daughter with ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

"What could be more exciting than listening to the nominations being announced while holding my newborn son!" Gibson said in a statement after his "Hacksaw Ridge" earned six nominations Tuesday.

Gibson as little as five years ago was a pariah and fodder for late-night comedians after a series of rants and scandals prompted some of the industry's top players to say they wouldn't work with him.

His rehabilitation began in 2011 with the dark comedy "The Beaver," directed by and co-starring his longtime friend Jodie Foster.

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