Oscars 2016: Sylvester Stallone offered to boycott awards show, Creed director Ryan Coogler told him not to

The nominated actor felt Coogler was "responsible" for his nomination

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Sylvester Stallone may have deservedly been Oscar-nominated for his role in Creed but many would highlight the omittance of the film's star Michael B. Jordan and director Ryan Coogler as a chief reason behind the #OscarsSoWhite campaign, highlighting a lack of diversity within this year's nominations.

Naturally, Stallone agreed and The Wrap reports how the actor asked the film's director for advice on what he should do.

"I remember I spoke with Ryan Coogler when this happened and I said, 'How do you want to handle this? Because I feel like you are responsible for me being here."

Talking ahead of the luncheon attended by this year's nominees, Stallone continued: "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."

Creed earned the actor a Best Supporting Actor nod for his role as the beloved Rocky Balboa, a performance which also won a Golden Globe in January. 

The campaign was mentioned at the luncheon by Academy president Cheryl Boone-Isaacs who said, "This year there is an elephant in the room. I have asked the elephant to leave." Actors boycotting this year's ceremony include Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Spike Lee.

The Academy Awards will take place on 27 February. 

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