Forty years ago, Stallone burst on the scene as the writer and star of a little film called Rocky. The ultimate underdog tale earned 10 Oscar nominations (including Best Actor and Original Screenplay for Stallone), and won Best Picture, Best Editing, and Best Director (John Avildsen).
The 1976 film inspired writer/director Ryan Coogler to create Creed, about the son of Rocky’s rival, Apollo Creed. Stallone’s powerful turn as the underdog turned older-dog mentor will be impossible for Academy voters to resist — and a win will also honor the film that was overlooked in other major categories.
Long-shot Dark Horse: Mark Rylance earned critical raves for Bridge of Spies, but it feels like The Year of Stallone.