Mel Gibson yesterday became only the sixth actor in Academy Award history to scoop the big double - collecting both a Best Director and Best Film award for the Scottish Highland epic Braveheart. Acting honours at the 68th awards ceremony in Los Angeles went, as predicted, to Susan Sarandon for Dead Man Walking and Nicolas Cage for Leaving Las Vegas. Braveheart, going in with 10 nominations, was the night's big winner with five Academy Awards - also taking the Oscar for cinematography, sound effects, editing and make-up. Apollo 13, with nine nominations, took two statuettes for Best Sound and Best Editing; The Usual Suspects also took two Oscars, as did costume drama Restoration, and Disney's animated Pocahontas, while Babe, heavily tipped in its seven categories, took home a sole Oscar for visual effects. Gibson was competing in the Best Film category against the man who set him on the road to fame and fortune - Mad Max director George Miller, who was up for Babe, the live-action farmyard saga. Gibson had only directed one film, The Man Without A Face, prior to mustering 1,700 extras for the epic fight scenes in Braveheart, the three-hour saga of Scottish rebel leader William Wallace. Best Supporting Actor was a surprise win for Kevin Spacey for The Usual Suspects, with Mira Sorvino taking home the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite and dedicating it to her weeping father, character actor Paul Sorvino. Emma Thompson, denied a Best Actress award for Sense and Sensibility, won Best Adapted Screenplay instead and dedicated the Oscar to Taiwanese director Ang Lee, who had been ignored in the Best Director category. But the night was full of tears and tributes - for 79-year-old actor Kirk Douglas, the stroke-impaired recipient of an honorary Oscar for a career which began in 1946 but had not yielded an Academy Award; for wheelchair-bound Christopher Reeve, proudly introducing a section devoted to films which raise consciousness; and for Miep Gies, who sheltered Anne Frank's family for two years and found the teenage Holocaust victim's diaries. She was brought to the stage by Jon Blair, director of the Best Documentary winner Anne Frank Remembered. Alan Menken won two Oscars, for his score to Pocahontas and its theme song, Colors of the Wind; this brings Menken's Oscar tally to eight, four for scores and four for songs. British animator Nick Park also brought home his third Best Animated Short Film Oscar, for his work in clay animation. Prior to Gibson's triumph, only five actors had taken home a Best Director and Best Film Oscar - Woody Allen for Annie Hall (1977), Robert Redford for Ordinary People (1980), Sir Richard Attenborough for Gandhi (1982), Kevin Costner for Dances with Wolves (1990) and Clint Eastwood for Unforgiven (1992).