Sylvester Stallone is one stand up guy!
The 69-year-old may have forgotten to thank his Creed director Ryan Coogler and costar Michael B. Jordan during his Golden Globes acceptance speech — but he's certainly not leaving them in the dust for the Oscars!
In fact, the actor told reporters at a luncheon for Oscar nominees on Monday that he almost planned on skipping out on the award show to join the #OscarsSoWhite boycott!
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Stallone, who is nominated for Best Supporting Actor, told reporters that he actually asked Coogler to make the call on what he should do, recalling:
"I remember I spoke with Ryan Coogler when this [#OscarsSoWhite controversy] happened. I said, 'Ryan, how do you want to handle this? Because I really believe you are responsible for me being here.'"
Sly felt so impassioned by the lack of accolades his colleagues received that he let the director decide whether or not he would attend the ceremony, saying:
"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."
Rocky also praised the performance of his costar Jordan, who played the title character Adonis Creed, adding:
"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."
As for the diversity controversy, the Hollywood heavyweight revealed he is hopeful about the Academy's plan to diversify its membership in response to the lack of minority representation, saying:
"Eventually all talent will rise to the top. It's just a matter of, I guess, a new paradigm and a new way of thinking."
We think one thing is for sure, Sly has no problem giving credit where credit is due — and we're glad he got permission to go the Oscars! LOLz!
[Image via Mario Mitsis/Brian To/WENN.]
Tags: awardz, controversy, creed, film flickers, golden globes, michael b. jordan, oscars, ryan coogler, sylvester stallone