Andrew Garfield phoned in to Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb from Today Show to talk about his just-announced Best Actor Oscar nomination for the biodrama “Hacksaw Ridge,” in which he plays Desmond Doss, who saved the lives of 75 wounded men during the Battle of Okinawa. He says Doss “lived a life of love, of humility and compassion” and is a “symbol of what the world needs right now.”
“It was lunchtime that the nominations happened. I came into the National Theatre canteen, got my little tuna salad and tried to figure out what was happening on Twitter. But before I could do it my agent was calling me. I thought, ‘Why the (hell) is she calling me? She should know that the nominations were about to happen!’ ” He laughs. “I answered to say I can’t talk right now. But then she was screaming so I thought, ‘Oh! Something good must have happened.”
“I’m really excited for him,” says Garfield. “Obviously, I know Mel in a personal way, and I know that period of time has haunted him for the past 10 years. I think people are finally starting to let go of (it), as he has. He’s moved on from it, he’s done so much work internally with himself and externally with those he needed to do it with, healing work, and that I admire maybe more than anything. He’s showing up as himself, at work and in the world,” Garfield continues. “And it’s a beautiful thing. He’s a gift to filmmaking. So this has been a long time coming for him.”
And yes, Garfield has seen a picture of Gibson’s new baby. Gibson welcomed his ninth child, a boy named Lars Gerard Gibson, with girlfriend Rosalind Ross over the weekend. “He sent me a lovely picture of the mother and the baby and everyone is healthy and happy,” says Garfield.
Garfield’s celebration plans?
“I’m just organizing to see my friends for a drink tonight to have a little bit of a celebration,” he says. “It’s my second day of rehearsing the play that I’m doing, so there’s a lot going on.”