Yo Sylvester Stallone, you did it! On Sunday night the famous actor won his first ever Golden Globe award for his portrayal of Rocky in Creed.
“I’m gonna try not to get emotional,” he said as he stood on stage. “I am the sum total of everyone I’ve ever met and I’m lucky I’ve absorbed some of it.”
Vanity Fair reports that when Stallone took the stage he was met with a standing ovation from everyone in the audience. The likes of Denzel Washington, Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, and his co-star Michael B. Jordan were all cheering him on.
“The last time I was here, it was 1977 and I was hit by a tumbleweed; it was a long time ago. It was like a different situation, and the view is so beautiful now,” he continued.
He then went on to thank his wife, producers, and various members of his life that have helped him succeed throughout the years. He concluded by thanking the character who made him the star that he is today.
“And most of all, I want to thank my imaginary friend Rocky Balboa for being the best friend I ever had.”
It was a touching scene, and oddly suiting for a man that’s gone nearly 40 years without being recognized for being the phenomenal actor that he is.
Pretty cool to see a standing ovation for Sylvester Stallone at the Golden Globes.
— Sacha Kljestan (@SachaKljestan) January 11, 2016
Thousands took to social media to congratulate Sylvester Stallone on the award, including colleague and co-star in The Expendables series, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) January 11, 2016
Arnold showed appreciation for Stallone, saying “Sly congratulations on the Golden Globe. Outstanding performance. Best supporting actor and I know you’re also going to win the Oscar, trust me! See you soon.”
Whether Stallone really will win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor remains to be seen, but given all the momentum he has going into this awards season, it wouldn’t be a stretch to imagine that this is his year.
— Vulture (@vulture) January 11, 2016
The other nominees alongside Sylvester Stallone for Best Supporting Actor were Michael Shannon, Mark Rylance, Idris Elba, and Paul Dano.
In a recent interview with Deadline, Stallone reveals he never thought he would play Rocky again.
Stallone said, “It took about two years to convince me. I had been very, very grateful the way last chapter of Rocky Balboa wrapped up his story in a satisfactory way for the audience. When Rocky waves goodbye, that was a goodbye to the audience and a thank you. I just thought, “Finally,” and thought it was a wonderful send-off.”
It’s certain that Sylvester Stallone didn’t regret his decision to come back after tonight. In Creed, Rocky faces a much different opponent, and Stallone’s wife is the one to blame for certain aspects of the story that made for a much richer turn at the famous character.
Stallone elaborated, “You’re afraid to tackle something like that, but I guess the responsibility of an actor is to sometimes go someplace that is uncomfortable but also is representative of life. I hadn’t done that since Cop Land.”
Stallone went somewhere he had never gone before with Rocky, and that’s largely the reason he stood atop the stage victorious on Sunday night.
As for the future, Stallone would like to continue playing challenging characters. “What I really want to do is just … pay attention more to people when they present a project that is obviously challenging, and age appropriate, I’d like to explore that route,” he said.
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