It’s been 39 years since Sylvester Stallone earned Oscar nominations for lead actor and original screenplay for the 1976 best-picture winner “Rocky.” Now he’s returning to the Oscar ring as a supporting actor nominee, reprising his role as Rocky Balboa for the seventh time in “Creed.”
The only other performer who had a 39-year span between Oscar nominations was Helen Hayes, who won the lead actress Academy Award for 1931’s “The Sin of Madelon Claudet” and supporting for 1970’s “Airport.”
Despite Stallone’s plane having landed at 3:30 a.m. from Europe and his having not yet been to sleep, the 69-year-old actor was gracious and thrilled with his Oscar nomination.
“You think about these things happening and they usually don’t, and now it is happening, so I’m really enjoying it,” he said.
What does Rocky think of the Oscar nomination?
“He’s thrilled, though he doesn’t know what to wear. He hasn’t bought a tux in 40 years!”
Stallone noted that he possessed a lot of naivete when he was nominated in 1977.
“It was such a long shot, us even getting made, and I was so, so naive, so new to the business, so green that I didn’t realize how hard it is and how much incredible talent there is out there,” Stallone said.