When Sylvester Stallone won best supporting actor at Sunday’s Golden Globes, he thanked a handful of people including his wife and children, his agent, and his “best friend” Rocky Balboa. But two people were noticeably missing from his acceptance speech — his Creed director, Ryan Coogler, and the film’s star Michael B. Jordan.
The omission didn’t go unnoticed, with celebrities such as Samuel L. Jackson and director Ava DuVernay pointing out the exclusion of Coogler and Jordan via Twitter. (“Love Sly, but…” Jackson wrote).
Stallone apparently returned to the Globes stage during a commercial break to thank Coogler, Jordan, and costar Tessa Thompson, but he took things one step further on Tuesday morning.
“Samuel Jackson is upset that I foolishly forgot to mention the brilliant Ryan Coogler and [Michael B. Jordan],” Stallone wrote on Twitter. “He is right I owe them everything.”
After winning the award, his first Golden Globe and first nomination since earning two for the original Rocky in 1977, Stallone told reporters backstage how shocked he was to receive the honor.
“I didn’t expect it at all, and I don’t remember a standing ovation. I was in shock. Was there really? You’re kidding. So I have to get a TiVo. I did not expect to win at all,” he said. “God, I was promising myself that I would be very aware the whole time. It proves I’m not aware. So I got very caught up in emotion. Thank you very much.”