He still went though….
Sylvester Stallone Almost Skipped 88th Annual Academy Awards
After his costar and director got snubbed by the Academy Awards, Sylvester Stallone almost scrapped plans to attend the celebration.
Fortunately for him however Coogler convinced him otherwise and told him to go “represent” on his behalf.
Stallone grabbed the elephant in the room by its tusks. He is the lone nominee from Creed, despite it being directed by a black man, filmmaker Ryan Coogler, and starring a black man, Michael B. Jordan (who made 2013’s Fruitvale Station together.) “Certainly, there is a universal law of existence. You either adapt or cease to exist. Adaptation and evolving were definitely necessary,” he said, referring to the Academy’s new efforts at inclusion, which were announced after the uproar.
“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,” Stallone said. “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. [Coogler] goes, ‘Sly, just go there, try to represent the film, and we feel you deserve it. Eventually things will change.’”
Stallone then reiterated: “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.”
The actor said he was optimistic that the after-effects of this issue will be positive. “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,” he said. “I really owe everything to these two young men, for sure.”
That was a very classy thing for Stallone to say, it’s a shame that the Academy overlooked the stellar work of MBJ and Coogler.
Hopefully things change….
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