LOS ANGELES, USA – A furious Frank Stallone slammed the Academy in a foul-mouthed tirade Monday, February 29 for snubbing big brother Sylvester in the best supporting actor category at this year’s Oscars. (READ: Oscars 2016: Mark Rylance wins Best Supporting Actor)
The Rocky star was widely backed to bag the prize following a Golden Globe award for his critically acclaimed turn as the boxer in Ryan Coogler’s spin-off movie Creed.
But the statuette went instead to Britain’s Mark Rylance for Bridge of Spies, in one of the biggest shocks of Sunday’s gala ceremony at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.
“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 bullsh-t,” tweeted livid actor and musician Frank, 65.
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 bullshit— Frank Stallone (@Stallone) February 29, 2016
The younger Stallone, warming to his theme, insisted that Rylance should have “been embarrassed” to supplant an actor who had done a “historic job” creating two cinema icons that have appeared in films spanning four decades.
First of all my brother has created 2 American icons 40 yrs worth and he did a historic job. If I was Mark? I would have been embarrassed— Frank Stallone (@Stallone) February 29, 2016
Sly’s underdog prizefighter turned world champion boxer Rocky Balboa spawned seven movies grossing an inflation-adjusted $1.7 billion in North America alone, while four Rambo films featuring irritable Vietnam vet John Rambo took in $674 million.
“Mark Rylance couldn’t even comb his hair for Christ sake this is the 3rd time Sly’s gotten ripped off Rocky, Copland and Creed. New Voters,” Frank tweeted, although his brother was never nominated for 1997 crime drama Cop Land.
Mark Rylance couldn't even comb his hair for Christ sake this is the 3rd time Sly's gotten ripped off Rocky, Copland and Creed. New Voters— Frank Stallone (@Stallone) February 29, 2016
Hours later, Frank apologized for the comments he made, saying he should not have taken his anger on Mark Rylance.
I will always defend what right but I was wrong to put down Mark Rylance and I apologize. He is a fine actor but I thought Sly deserved it— Frank Stallone (@Stallone) February 29, 2016
Hey my friends some Sly hates to me there all a bunch of pond scum trying to get my goat so I call them so nasty names and delete— Frank Stallone (@Stallone) March 1, 2016
when my fans go after these Stallone haters love it. know nothing about me and say I'm riding on my brothers back Tombstone, Barfly, 71 more— Frank Stallone (@Stallone) March 1, 2016
Thanks to my fans for supporting I'm done responding to idiots. If you don't stick up for your family then who are you as a person. Word— Frank Stallone (@Stallone) March 1, 2016
Stallone himself was in more magnanimous mood, posting a picture of himself on Instagram in his black and blue Oscar tuxedo winking at the camera, fist clenched in defiance.
“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,” said the 69-year-old.
He later posted a screenshot of a smiling Rocky from “Creed,” assuring fans that he was “very happy” and urging them to “please understand my brother is so em motional (sic) because he is just very protective and only wants the best for me. Life is good!”
Stallone was last nominated for an Oscar 39 years ago as best lead actor and writer for Rocky.
A host of celebs rushed to ally themselves with Team Sly, including British media personality Piers Morgan, US actress Mia Farrow and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Stallone’s co-star in action franchise The Expendables.
“Sly, just remember, no matter what they say, to me you are the best, you were the winner. I’m proud of you,” Arnie said in a video posted to Facebook.
Sly, to me you're always the best, no matter what they say.
Sly, to me you're always the best, no matter what they say.Posted by Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sunday, February 28, 2016
Rylance, 56, was asked backstage how it felt to have outpunched Stallone but said he didn’t take awards too seriously.
“I don’t know, people come up and say things about competing as actors and I know it’s necessary to make a show out of it,” he told reporters, insisting he did not feel “better” than his fellow nominees. – Rappler.com
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