Oscars 2016: Stallone considered boycott

Oscars 2016: Sylvester Stallone considered boycott

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Sylvester Stallone is nominated for his role as Rocky Balboa in Creed – almost 40 years since he was up for best actor in the original Rocky in 1977

Sylvester Stallone says he thought about boycotting the Oscars ceremony because of this year’s diversity row.

The 69-year-old actor has a best supporting actor nod for his role as Rocky Balboa in boxing drama Creed.

At the annual Oscar nominees’ lunch in Los Angeles, Stallone revealed he’d consulted Creed director Ryan Coogler about attending the awards.

“I said, ‘if you want me to go, I’ll go, if you don’t, I won’t’,” Stallone said.

“He said, ‘Just go there and try to represent the film.'”

Neither Coogler nor Creed’s star Michael B Jordan, who are both black, were nominated.

Stallone added: “I do believe things will change and it’s a matter of time and all talent will rise to the top but it’s a matter of getting a new paradigm, a new way of thinking.”

Oscars co-producer David Hill told Variety at Monday’s lunch event that this year’s Oscar show “will be the most diverse ever”.

Several top industry figures, including Will Smith and Spike Lee, have said they will not attend the ceremony after no black or minority actors were nominated in the four Oscars acting categories for the second year running.

Stallone was last nominated for an Oscar in 1977 for his lead performance in the original Rocky.

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The Oscars ‘class photo’ of 2016

He said: “I never thought I would be able to cross this threshold again. As you get older miracles begin to diminish, I couldn’t be more thrilled. My daughters look at me now as an actor rather than a bad golfer.

“I tell them I used to do this but they won’t look at my videos.”

The Oscar nominees lunch, at the Beverly Hilton hotel, brought together more than 150 nominees for a “class photo” ahead of the Oscars on 28 February.

British star Eddie Redmayne said he was trying to enjoy the “extraordinary ride” of his second best actor nomination in two years.

Redmayne won the best actor Oscar last year for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything. This year he is shortlisted for his portrayal of transgender artist Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl.

His co-star Alicia Vikander has a best supporting actress nod for her role as Elbe’s wife Gerda.

Asked if the acting nominees had discussed the diversity issue, Redmayne told the Press Association: “We haven’t all met together until this occasion but it’s on everyone minds and the way it has been handled seems to be a positive step.”

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Eddie The Eagle discusses Jump injuries

Eddie The Eagle: The Jump producers are ‘not to blame’ for injuries

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Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards says ski-jumping is “a great deal harder than it looks”

Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards has said the celebrity contestants in Channel 4’s The Jump “must bear the brunt of the blame” for their injuries.

His comments come after three contestants had to pull out of the show after a series of accidents.

“They signed up for this, they’re being paid for this. If they are hurting, it can often be self-inflicted,” he said in the Daily Mail.

Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle suffered a serious spinal injury on Saturday.

It’s understood Tweddle landed her jump successfully but then crashed into a safety barrier. She is now recovering in hospital in Austria following neck surgery.

She’s the third contestant to pull out of the show, after actress Tina Hobley broke her arm in two places and former swimmer Rebecca Adlington dislocated her shoulder.

Edwards, Britain’s most famous ski-jumper after competing in the 1988 Winter Olympics, said the injuries of contestants serve as a reminder that, in ski-jumping, the “slightest error can be catastrophic”.

Linford Christie has also hurt his hamstring but is still proceeding with the competition.

The drop-outs have prompted a review into safety procedures on the reality TV show.

On Monday, Channel 4 confirmed it would be asking producers on the programme to take further safety measures.

“All winter sports carry some element of risk but in light of the number of injuries this year, Channel 4 has asked the producers to review safety procedures again to further reduce the prospect of accident,” it said.

Edwards added that, from experience, ski-jumpers need to spend a considerable amount of time training relentlessly to avoid injury.

He said: “I worked on the first two series [of The Jump], and I know time is tight. There might be only a two-hour window to practise on a ramp.

“Those competitors should be up and down the steps relentlessly – jump and go back, jump and go back.

“Instead, too many will have a couple of goes before going off for a coffee and forgetting to return because they’re feeling tired.”

He added: “For that reason, I don’t think this spate of injuries is solely the fault of the producers.”

A new biopic which stars Kingsman actor Taron Egerton, as Eddie the Eagle is due to be released next month.

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TV show review after Tweddle injury

Beth Tweddle took bronze in the uneven bars final at London 2012

Olympic bronze medallist Beth Tweddle has had surgery on her neck after a fall during Channel 4’s The Jump, prompting a review into safety procedures on the reality TV show.

The retired gymnast, 30, had fractured vertebrae fused together after she was injured while training for programme.

The Briton has quit the show and described the last 48 hours as “scary”.

A Channel 4 statement said it had asked the show’s producers to re-assess every event and training plan.

Olympic swimming champion Rebecca Adlington, 26, and actress Tina Hobley have also withdrawn from the show – which follows celebrities as they try to master various winter sports, including ski jumping, skeleton and speed skating – because of injury.

A statement from Tweddle’s parents said: “The early medical indications were positive as Beth was able to move her hands and feet, despite being in a lot of discomfort.

A spokesperson for Channel 4 said: “All winter sports carry some element of risk but in light of the number of injuries this year, Channel 4 has asked the producers to review safety procedures again to further reduce the prospect of accident.”

The events on a new course were “no more difficult” than in the previous two series and all competitors had “undertaken a rigorous training programme to prepare them for the show”, the spokesperson added.

Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, the first British Olympic ski jumper and an occasional guest on the show, told BBC Radio 5 live that ski-jumping can be “a bit too dangerous” to newcomers unless they have spent a month skiing “all day, every day”.

He also said