Sylvester Stallone looked to his Creed director Ryan Coogler to tell him whether he should or should not attend this year’s Oscars despite being nominated.
The #OscarsSoWhite movement is gaining momentum as the Oscars ceremony looms closer and closer and the nominees’ lunch also saw protestors with banners while this year’s nominees filled in the Beverly Hilton for interviews and lunch. The atmosphere was tense and aggressive and you have to feel a little for all the nominees.
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The voting members of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Science came out with an all-white actors nominations again this year. While the issue might have been tolerated for one year, it could not be avoided by all actors and directors of color who were snubbed for a second year in a row.
While those actors and directors have called for boycotting the Oscars altogether. It has been a difficult decision for all the white actors and especially the nominees.
Sylvester Stallone however admits that he was very decisive about his own appearance at the Oscars. The Oscar winner and nominee this year was all for boycotting this year’s Oscars out of respect of the diversity issue.
He said that it was a major crisis and he appreciated that the Academy had finally taken steps to mend their ways. He admitted that he left his decision to attend the Oscars to his “Creed” director Ryan Coogler.
Coogler and the main lead actor of the movie Creed Michael B. Jordan were both not included in the nominations. Stallone said that for him, these two men were responsible for where he was today, a nominee.
He said that his performance in the movie that had earned him the nomination was all a credit to Ryan and Michael and if they were not attending, then he did not feel right to go.
Sylvester Stallone said he called Coogler and told him about how he felt about the Oscars and asked the director whether he should go or not. Stallone put his decision to attend the Oscars completely into Coogler’s hands.
Coogler, in return, told Stallone that he should definitely go and attend this year’s Oscars. Coogler said the Stallone should be there to represent Creed as a great movie that it is.
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The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.