Will a huge nominee skip the biggest night in movies? Sylvester Stallone is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for ‘Creed’ — and he just revealed that he’s considered not going, since his director and co-star were snubbed.
This is Sylvester Stallone‘s first Oscar nomination in nearly 40 years — and the 69-year-old legend has considered watching the big show from home, since Creed director Ryan Coogler and star Michael B. Jordan were not nominated, and will be boycotting as part of the #OscarsSoWhite movement. During a luncheon for the nominees on Feb. 8 at the Beverly Hilton in LA, he revealed the surprising conversation he had with the Creed family.
“I remember I spoke with Ryan Coogler when this [controversy] happened,” he told reporters. “I said, ‘Ryan, how do you want to handle this? Because I really believe you are responsible for me being here. “I said, ‘If you want me to go, I’ll go. If you don’t, I won’t.’ He said, ‘No, I want you to go.’ That’s the kind of guy he is. He wants us to go and represent the film.”
He also mentioned that he’s really moved by Michael B. Jordan, 29, as an actor. “Michael Jordan, every time I looked in his eyes as an actor, I said, he was making me better. I think he should’ve been given a lot more respect and attention,” he said, before adding that the hopes the Academy will make the necessary changes going forward.
“Eventually all talent will rise to the top,” he said. “It’s just a matter of, I guess, a new paradigm and a new way of thinking. I really owe everything to these two young men, for sure.”
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