He’s a hot favorite to win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar at the 88th Academy Awards on Feb. 28, now Sylvester Stallone is planning on honoring his great friend Tony Burton if he’s victorious, HollywoodLife.com has EXCLUSIVELY learned. Click here to read the full details!
Sylvester Stallone, 69, has a great chance of winning the Best Supporting Actor Oscar, and should he lift the coveted prize for his role in Creed he will dedicate his win to his late friend Tony Burton, HollywoodLife.com can EXCLUSIVELY reveal. Sly’s former Rocky co-star Tony passed away on Feb. 26, after a long battle with illness.
Tony appeared in the first 6 Rocky movies, his last being Rocky Balboa in 2006. But due to failing health he couldn’t contribute to the latest in the series of boxing movies. Sly DID pay tribute to him in a touching Twitter post, but now he aims to go one further if he wins the Oscar.
“Should Sylvester win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor on Sunday, he will say some kind words about Tony in his speech,” a source tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “He was choked up that Tony never got to see Creed before he died because of his long-battle with illness. Sylvester acknowledges what a huge part Tony played in the original movies, and wanted to cast him in Creed but he wasn’t well enough for long, filming days. He will address that if he wins.”
There’s a very good chance we might hear that speech, with Sylvester already being victorious at this year’s Golden Globes and Critic’s Choice Awards for Best Supporting Actor. We will just have to wait and see!
On Feb. 26, Sly acknowledged Tony’s passing with a tweet. “Tony Burton who played the character of Duke brilliantly in all six Rocky movies… Rest in peace,” he wrote alongside a pic of the pair of them together in a scene from Rocky IV.
Tony may not have appeared in Creed, but he was certainly there in spirit. In one scene in Rocky’s Philadelphia restaurant his character Duke does appear in a framed photo on the wall.
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