The 2016 Oscar nominations are in and Sylvester Stallone has received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his work as Rocky Balboa in Creed!
When he agreed to reprise his role as Rocky Balboa for the seventh time in Creed, he could hardly have imagined it would lead to a Golden Globe win for Best Supporting Actor and now an Oscar nomination in the same category.
Stallone joins Bing Crosby, Paul Newman, Peter O’Toole, Al Pacino and Cate Blanchett as actors who have earned nominations for playing the same role in different films. Stallone originally earned Oscar nominations for lead actor and original screenplay for the 1976 best-picture winner Rocky. The only other performer who enjoyed a 39-year span between Oscar nominations is Helen Hayes.
“You think about these things happening and they usually don’t, and now it is happening, so I’m really enjoying it,” said Stallone. “To to have bridged that gap back to where I started in drama. It is really amazing to me.”