Sylvester Stallone Offered to Boycott This Year's Oscars Following Diversity Controversy
He’s up for a Best Supporting Actor award at the Oscars, but Sylvester Stallone said at one point he considered boycotting the Feb. 28 ceremony due to the lack of diversity in this year’s nominations.
Stallone said after receiving his nomination, he consulted with Creed director Ryan Coogler, who is African-American, about whether or not he should attend.
“I spoke with Ryan Coogler when this happened. I said, ‘Ryan how do you want to handle this? Because I really believe you are responsible for me being here,’ ” Stallone said. “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 said at Monday’s Oscars nominees luncheon.
Many felt Coogler and Creed star Michael B. Jordan were snubbed by the Academy voters this year.
But Stallone does believe things will change for the better in the future.
“It’s a matter of time. Eventually, all talent will rise to the top. It’s a matter of getting a new paradigm, a new way of thinking.”