"When the facts and the legend disagree, print the legend." Openly acknowledged as more cinematic fiction than fact by both screenwriter Wallace and director Gibson, this is nonetheless one of the most epic screen gems ever made, and hugely successful at the box office. Predictably, the Scots love it, and the English hate it. (One supposes that the Germans and Japanese aren't partial to much WWI or WWII cinematic fare either.) Producer/director/star Gibson was angling for a big-screen masterpiece worthy of Spartacus or The Big Country, and exceeded both.
Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup