Sylvester Stallone’s brother is throwing punches left and right on Twitter.
While the Creed star may had a polite on-camera reaction when he lost best supporting actor to Bridge of Spies costar Mark Rylance at the Oscars on Sunday night, his younger brother has some strong words about the surprise upset.
“The Academy should be ashamed of themselves,” actor-musician Frank Stallone wrote. “It’s as clear as the nose on your face that Sly won. Mark who? It’s total Hollywood bullsh–.”
Later in the day, Frank Stallone continued to bash the Academy and Rylance. “First of all my brother has created [two] American icons 40 yrs worth and he did a historic job. If I was Mark? I would have been embarrassed,” Stallone wrote. “Mark Rylance couldn’t even comb his hair for Christ sake this is the 3rd time Sly’s gotten ripped off Rocky, Copland, and Creed. New Voters.”
Sylvester later posted his own response to Frank’s words via social media. “I’m very happy and please understand my brother is so em motional because he is just very protective and only wants the best for me. Life is good!” Sylvester wrote on Instagram.
Frank Stallone, of course, wasn’t the only person shocked by the Creed star’s loss. Prognosticators overwhelmingly figured Sylvester would win for his latest performance as Rocky Balboa in the film, the seventh Rocky movie. (Sylvester had previously won at the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards.) Rylance, however, was considered a favorite after Bridge of Spies first debuted last fall. The actor, a three-time Tony winner, played stoic Soviet sleeper agent Rudolf Abel in Steven Spielberg’s Cold War drama, which nabbed a best picture nomination at the Oscars.
After his loss, Sylvester also received support on Twitter from his Expendables co-star Arnold Schwarzenegger: “No matter what they say. To me, you are the best. You were the winner. I’m proud of you.”
The actor himself, meanwhile, posted his own comments on social media. “To all the ‘real Rocky’s’ of the world, Please hang on to your dreams, NEVER GIVE IN , NEVER GIVE OUT , NEVER GIVE UP! thanks for the support,” he wrote.
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