Sylvester Stallone considered boycotting Oscars over diversity row

Sylvester Stallone thought of boycotting the February 28 Oscar ceremony due to the lack of diversity in this year's nominations.

PTI| Updated: Feb 09, 2016, 12:15 PM IST
Sylvester Stallone considered boycotting Oscars over diversity row
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Los Angeles: Sylvester Stallone thought of boycotting the February 28 Oscar ceremony due to the lack of diversity in this year's nominations.

The 69-year-old action star, who is nominated in best supporting actor category for "Creed", said he spoke to his director Ryan Coogler, who is African-American, about whether or not he should attend, reported People magazine.

"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. 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.

Coogler and "Creed" star Michael B Jordan were considered one the biggest snubs by the Academy voters this year. But the "Rambo" star feels 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," he said.