Sylvester Stallone Responds To Losing Best Supporting Actor Oscar
Sylvester Stallone responded on Monday to losing the award for Best Supporting Actor at Sunday night’s Oscars. The actor, who was favored to win for his role as Rocky Balboa in Creed, posted an Instagram message thanking fans for their support.
“To all the ‘real Rocky’s’ of the world, Please hang on to your dreams, NEVER GIVE IN, NEVER GIVE OUT, NEVER GIVE UP! thanks for the support,” Stallone wrote to his followers on Monday. He lost the Oscar to Bridge of Spies actor Mark Rylance, marking one of the biggest upsets of the 88th annual Academy Awards. Leading up to the Oscars, Stallone scored Best Supporting Actor statues at the Golden Globes, the Critic’s Choice Awards, and from the National Board of Review, making him the favorite for Oscar night.
In addition to Stallone, Rylance also managed to edge out Best Supporting Actor nominees Tom Hardy (The Revenant), Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight) and Christian Bale (The Big Short). Stallone, who has yet to win an Oscar, was previously nominated at the 1977 Academy Awards also for his portrayal of Balboa, but he didn’t end up taking home the prize that year either. The actor is one of just of three stars who’s been nominated twice for playing the same role. Fans of the original Rocky, however, will remember that Stallone’s character didn’t win the final boxing match in the film, but persevered all the same.
And while the actor was gracious and understanding about his loss, his younger brother Frank Stallone tweeted, “The Academy should be ashamed of themselves. It’s as clear as the nose on your face that Sly won. Mark who? It’s total Hollywood bulls**t.” Later, Sylvester Stallone took to Instagram to clarify, “I’m very happy and please understand my brother is so emotional because he is just very protective and only wants the best for me. Life is good!”