#OscarsSoWhite: A Hollywood Legend Has Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Coogler's Back

#OscarsSoWhite: A Hollywood Legend Has Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Coogler's Back

This nominated actor may join the boycott.

Published February 9th

The #OscarsSoWhite boycotting may have a new recruit, and it's the last person we would have expected. Sylvester Stallone, who's nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Creed, revealed at a pre-Oscars luncheon that he was considering boycotting the Academy Awards this year, but that his director, Ryan Coogler, and co-star, Michael B. Jordan, talked him out of it.

"I said, 'Ryan, how do you want to handle this? Because I really believe that you are responsible for me being here. Michael Jordan, every time I look in his eyes as an actor, he's making me better. I think he should've been given a lot more respect, a lot more attention," said Stallone. Coogler told him, "'Sly, just go there. Try to represent the film… We feel you deserve it.'"

He continued, "I said, 'If you want me to go, I'll go. If you don't, I won't." He then says Coogler assured him, "'No, we want you to go.... We want you to go and respect us and stand up for the film.'"

Had he actually boycotted, Stallone would have been the first nominee to do so (though Mark Ruffalo said he briefly considered it), though we won't know until the telecast on February 28 if any others will skip the show.

For those who will attend, though, it'll be quite a show with Chris Rock at the helm. BET Breaks brings you the latest on Rock's plans for the show, below:

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Written by Evelyn Diaz

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