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Sylvester Stallone has revealed he asked the black director of his new film Creed whether he should boycott the Oscars after being nominated.

The 69-year-old is the only person from the film to be nominated for an award, with some thinking actor Michael B Jordan and writer-director Ryan Coogler should have got the nod too.

After Will Smith and director Spike Lee said they would not attend the ceremony in protest at the scarcity of black nominees, Stallone said he asked Coogler what he should do.

“(Coogler) said, ‘Just go there and try to represent the film … We feel you deserve it, but eventually things will change’.

“I said, ‘If you want me to go I’ll go. If you don’t, I won’t. And he said, ‘No, I want you to go.’ That’s the kind of guy he is.”

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