Sylvester Stallone: ‘Creed’ Director Told Me Not to Boycott the Oscars
Creed director Ryan Coogler urged Sylvester Stallone to ignore the Oscars boycott trend and represent their boxing drama at the Academy Awards. Stallone, who is up for a Best Supporting Actor award at this year’s Oscars, admits he considered joining the boycott over the lack of diversity among the leading nominations, but his African-American director insisted he should go.
“I spoke with Ryan Coogler when this happened” Stallone explained at Monday’s Oscars nominees luncheon. “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 don’t want me to go, I won’t.’ He said, ‘I want you to go.’ That’s the kind of guy he is. He wanted me to stand up for the film.” Stallone added. Many critics felt Coogler and his leading man, Michael B. Jordan, were snubbed by the Academy voters for their performances in the boxing drama.