Sylvester Stallone considered boycotting this year's Oscars ceremony

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Sylvester Stallone Says He Was Ready to Skip the Oscars

Sylvester Stallone might have forgotten to thank Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Coogler during his Golden Globe speech, but he gave his Creed co-star and helmer nothing but praise during a Monday Oscar nominee luncheon. The 69-year-old actor revealed he even considered boycotting the Academy Awards out of respect for them, despite the fact that his return as Rocky Balboa has netted him his first Oscar shot in nearly 40 years. "I remember I spoke with Ryan Coogler when [the nominee fallout] happened," Stallone explained at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. "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 looked into his eyes as an actor, I said, 'He is making me better.' I think he should have been given a lot more respect and a lot more attention. And [Coogler] said, 'Just go there and try to represent the film. We feel you deserve it, but you know, eventually things will change.' I said, 'If you want me to go, I'll go, and if you don't, I won't.' And he said, 'No, I want you to go.' That's the kind of guy he is."

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WESTWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Actor Sylvester Stallone attends the premiere of 'Creed' at Regency Village Theatre on November 19, 2015 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WESTWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Actor Sylvester Stallone attends the premiere of 'Creed' at Regency Village Theatre on November 19, 2015 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 06: Actor Sylvester Stallone poses during a Cast Of Creed Appearance at Philadelphia Museum of Art on November 6, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Actor Sylvester Stallone is seen on June 6, 2015 in Los Angeles. (Photo by GP/Star Max/GC Images)
Arnold Schwarzenegger, left, and Sylvester Stallone arrive at the LA Premiere of "Terminator Genisys" at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)
Sylvester Stallone arrives at the LA Premiere of "Terminator Genisys" at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)
Photo by: JMA/STAR MAX/IPx 2015 6/6/15 Sylvester Stallone at Lupus LA's Orange Ball: A Night of Superheroes. (Century City, CA)
Sylvester Stallones arrives at the Lionsgate Los Angeles premiere of "The Expendables 3" at TCL Chinese Theatre on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Lionsgate/AP Images)
U.S. actor Sylvester Stallone gestures on the red carpet for the Macau premiere of his movie "The Expendables 3" in Macau, China, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Sylvester Stallone appears on BET's "106 & Park" on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
American actor Sylvester Stallone speaks during a news conference prior a ceremony to open his art exhibition titled "Sylvester Stallone. Painting. From 1975 Until Today" in St.Petersburg, Russia, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. The exhibition by Sylvester Stallone, consisting of 36 paintings opened in the St.Michael's Castle, branch of the State Russian Museum. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 22: Actor Sylvester Stallone arrives at the 'Musee des Arts Decoratifs' on November 22, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Producer Whoopi Goldberg and Sylvester Stallone attend The Opening Night of 'Sister Act' on Broadway at The Broadway Theatre on April 20, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
Actor Sylvester Stallone arrives at Los Angeles premiere of HBO's 'His Way' at Paramount Studios on March 22, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
TODAY -- Air Date 1/18/08 -- Pictured: Actor Sylvester Stallone talks about his latest film, 'Rambo,' on NBC News' 'Today' on January 18, 2008 -- Photo: Ali Goldstein/NBC NewsWire
BURBANK, CA - OCTOBER 06: Sylvester Stallone attends the 10th Annual Golf Classic benefiting the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation on October 6, 2008 at the Lakeside Golf Club in Burbank, California. (Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)
Actor/Director Sylvester Stallone surprised a packed Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas on December 3, 2005 when he entered the arena with cast and crew in tow filming for his upcoming film 'Rocky VI'. The sell-out crowd was on hand to watch the Worl
LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 03: Actor Sylvester Stallone walks into the ring as scenes from the film 'Rocky VI' are filmed before the start of the Bernard Hopkins and Jermain Taylor fight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 3, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Sylvester Stallone, winner of the Action Movie Star Award (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Robert Rodriguez and Sylvester Stallone during 2005 Taurus World Stunt Awards - After Party at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage for StellarQuest PR and Consulting)
Sylvester Stallone and wife Jennifer Flavin during 2nd Annual Louis Vuitton United Cancer Front Gala - Arrivals at Universal Studios in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Sylvester Stallone, Carson Daly, Bruce Willis, Charo and Sugar Ray Leonard (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
OSAKA, JAPAN: US movie star Sylvester Stallone shields himself from confettis after puting a pair of large boxing gloves on a Christmas tree as ornaments at the Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, western Japan, 03 December 2002. Stallone was invited to the movie theme park as a main guest for its Christmas event. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA (Photo credit should read TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Sylvester Stallone during To Protect and to Serve at Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, CA, United States. (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
Sylvester Stallone during 4th Annual Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic Sponsored By Mossimo & Mercedes-Benz at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Sylvester Stallone during My VH1 Awards in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 23: Actor Sylvester Stallone and wife Jennifer Flavin attend the 13th Carousel of Hope Ball to Benefit the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes on October 23, 1998 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Sylvester Stallone during 'Saving Private Ryan' Los Angeles Premiere at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 5: Actor Sylvester Stallone and girlfriend Jennifer Flavin attend the 'Daylight' Hollywood Premiere on December 5, 1996 at the Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Actor Sylvester Stallone attends the 'Rocky V' West Hollywood Premiere on November 30, 1990 at the DGA Theatre in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 2: Actor Sylvester Stallone on November 2, 1990 dines at Nicky Blair's Restauant in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Actor Sylvester Stallone attends Sylvester Stallone's Paintings Opening Night Exhibition and Cocktail Reception to Benefit Yes on Proposition 128 'Big Green' on September 10, 1990 at the Hanson Galleries in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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Amid the #OscarsSoWhite uproar, Stallone remains hopeful that the Academy's inclusion problem will change for the better — especially in light of the recently announced plans to rebuild a more diversified membership by 2020. "Certainly there is a universal law of existence that you either adapt to or cease to exist, so I think adaptation and evolving is definitely necessary," he said. "I do believe that anything can change. It's just a matter of time, and eventually all talent will rise to the top. It's just a matter of getting a new paragon, a new way of thinking, and it's going to happen. I really do owe everything to these two young men." Well said, Stallone.

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The Big Short

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Best Picture

Bridge of Spies

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Best Picture

Brooklyn

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Best Picture

Mad Max: Fury Road

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Best Picture

The Martian

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The Revenant

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Best Picture

Room

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Best Picture

Spotlight

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Best Actor

Bryan Cranston

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Best Actor

Matt Damon

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Best Actor

Leonardo DiCaprio

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Best Actor

Michael Fassbender

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Best Actor

Eddie Redmayne

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Best Actress

Cate Blanchette

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Best Actress

Brie Larson

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Best Actress

Jennifer Lawrence

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Best Actress

Charlotte Rampling

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Best Actress

Saoirse Ronan

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