Sylvester Stallone considered boycott

Sylvester Stallone considered boycott

Sylvester Stallone says he thought about boycotting the Oscars ceremony because of this year's diversity row, BBC reports.


The 69-year-old actor has a best supporting actor nod for his role as Rocky Balboa in boxing drama Creed.


At the annual Oscar nominees' lunch in Los Angeles, Stallone revealed he'd consulted Creed director Ryan Coogler about attending the awards.


"I said, 'if you want me to go, I'll go, if you don't, I won't'," Stallone said.


"He said, 'Just go there and try to represent the film.'"


Neither Coogler nor Creed's star Michael B Jordan, who are both black, were nominated.


Stallone added: "I do believe things will change and it's a matter of time and all talent will rise to the top but it's a matter of getting a new paradigm, a new way of thinking."


Oscars co-producer David Hill told Variety at Monday's lunch event that this year's Oscar show "will be the most diverse ever".


Photo: BBC