One of the Oscars 2016 predictions is linked with Sylvester Stallone. The question is will his Rocky Balboa image of the macho man win him a statuette?
About half a dozen years ago, the Academy Awards committee decided to add five more nominees to the five it already had in the category of Best Picture. So now there are ten nominations.
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Take a look at this year’s nominees. They include: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Mark Ruffalo, Mark Rylance and Sylvester Stallone. Of these all, only Sylvester Stallone has acted in a movie that is not from the best of the best list.
As for the others, while they have their diehard fans and these fans love the heroes that appear in them, there is something missing. They do not have what it takes to cause what can only be termed as the steamroller effect.
That quality is also called in simpler terms “momentum”. So whether they will make it to the top remains a moot point. Stallone grabbed two nominations way back in 1977.
He had been rejected as an extra in the Godfather Trilogy. Therefore what Stallone did was pen the script for Rocky in four days flat and he went ahead and refused to sell it until he was chosen to act in it.
All are agreed that even today Stallone shines like never before. The Italian Stallion has nerve and guts and chutzpah which he clearly shows in his movie titled Creed.
Stallone still has his admirers since the Rocky and Rambo days of the 80s. Way back in 1977, he entered the Oscars with his trophy wife and even jokingly sparred with Muhammad Ali.
He was wearing a black tuxedo along with a white shirt with ruffles in front of it. You could see his exposed chest from the opening at the front. The man dripped testosterone.
Stallone said recently that he was going to enjoy his moment at the Oscars since he didn’t have that many left. The actor is currently 69 years old. That is a contrast to his youth when he played the famous boxer Rocky Balboa.
It seems that there is a 50:50 tie breaker between Stallone and Rylance. The former will probably win an Oscar yet the latter ought to win one. When you see it in the light of a reasonable audience that wants some intellectual stimulation Rylance wins hands down.
The only thing going in favor of Stallone is the cult following he has as a muscle-bound man. We will see when the Oscar night comes along on Sunday whether he takes it all or has a fall. Till then the only prediction is a promise that may be broken.
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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.