Sylvester Stallone thanked his “imaginary friend” Rocky Balboa when accepting the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, but there were two people who were noticeably left out of his acceptance speech: Creed director Ryan Coogler and costar Michael B. Jordan.
“I am the sum total of everyone I’ve ever met and so lucky I’ve absorbed some of it. I just want to say thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press, this is incredible,” Stallone said, going on to thank a handful of people including his wife and children, WME, MGM, and Rocky producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff. Several people noticed the omission, including Ava DuVernay and Samuel L. Jackson.
Stallone reportedly returned to the stage during a commercial break to thank Coogler, calling him a “brilliant, brilliant filmmaker,” as well as Jordan and co-star Tessa Thompson.
Backstage, Stallone told reporters about how shocked he was to receive the award.
“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.”
See the full list of Golden Globe winners here.