The Academy Awards are always full of surprises, either from the various bits by the host, or the awards themselves. One of the biggest surprises this year was when Golden Globe winner Sylvester Stallone, who was the heavy favorite to win Best Supporting Actor for Creed, lost to Bridge of Spies star Mark Rylance. After the shocking news was revealed, several of the icon's famous fans took to Twitter in reaction to the news, including the actor's longtime friend Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Rapaport and even Sylvester Stallone's brother, Frank Stallone.
Arnold Schwarzenegger sent out a brief video message through his Twitter feed last night, telling his friend, "Sly, just remember, no matter what they say, to me, you were the best. You were the winner. I'm proud of you." This heartwarming video has already been retweeted more than 27,000 times since the actor first sent it out last night, but Michael Rapaport and Frank Stallone's messages were more vitriolic in nature. Michael Rapaport set up a video of him watching the Oscar announcement, where he launched into a profanity-laced tirade after Mark Rylance's name was announced, along with the hashtag #OscarsSoWack.
Frank Stallone didn't pull any punches with his statement, saying that the Academy should be "ashamed of themselves," adding, "Mark who? It's total Hollywood bulls--t." Sylvester Stallone himself, however, took the high road, thanking fans for all of their support through his Twitter and Instagram. Here's what he had to say below.
"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."
Sylvester Stallone was nominated for his first Oscar back in 1977 for the very first Rocky, where he was also nominated for writing the original screenplay. He lost the Best Actor award to Network's Peter Finch and the Best Original Screenplay award to Network's Paddy Chayefsky. Sylvester Stallone was only the third person in Oscar history to be nominated for both writing and acting in the same year, a feat only accomplished by Charles Chaplin for The Great Dictator and Orson Welles for Citizen Kane.
Many thought Sylvester Stallone would win not only for his Creed performance, but that the award would also recognize his legendary career that has spanned more than 40 years. While Sylvester Stallone's career certainly isn't over yet, many thought this Rocky spinoff may have been his last opportunity to win that elusive first Oscar. Take a look at the tweets and videos below, but be warned that Michael Rappaport's video is filled with NSFW language, so watch at your own risk.