Early on Last month, iconic actor Sylvester Stallone revealed that he had considered boycotting this year’s Oscars over the lack of diversity among the nominees.
The actor said that he consulted with African-American Creed director Ryan Coogler, who urged him to attend the ceremony despite the recent uproar surrounding #OscarsSoWhite.
Stallone, who was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor award for the recent Rocky sequel, was contemplating missing the ceremony in solidarity with other Hollywood figures such as Spike Lee and Will Smith.
Before a recent luncheon which was held to honour this year’s nominees, the 69-year-old stated “I remember I spoke with Ryan Coogler when this happened and I said, ‘How do you want to handle this? Because I feel like you are responsible for me being here”.
He also added “I said, ‘If you don’t want me to go, I wont.’ He said, ‘I want you to go.’ That’s the kind of guy he is. He wanted me to stand up for the film”.
The Rambo actor has also praised Creed’s lead actor for his role in the film, Michael B. Jordan’s performance earned rapturous reviews but he didn’t receive any accolades, in fact he wasn’t even rewarded with a nomination.
Stallone said “Michael Jordan, every time I looked in his eyes as an actor, he was making me better. I think he should’ve been given a lot more respect and attention”.
Sylvester Stallone wrote and starred in the Best Picture-winning original Rocky, however he has never won an Oscar himself. He was last nominated for an award almost 40 years ago, when he was nominated for the Academy Award in 1977.
The actor hailed the Academy’s attempts to improve the diversity of its membership, which was announced in the wake of the #OscarsSoWhite furore over this year’s nominations. He remarked, “There’s a universal law of existence – you either adapt or cease to exist”.
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