BY BEN TRAVERS (Indiewire)
In 1977, Rocky won Best Picture. The rousing and romantic boxing drama took home two more trophies, as well: One for director John G. Avildsen and the other for film editing.
While very much a presence at the ceremony, the writer, lead actor, original creator and face of the franchise, Sylvester Stallone, went home empty-handed, if undoubtedly excited about the picture’s overall performance.
He’d been nominated for Best Writing (as it was called back in the day) and Best Actor, but lost out to the talents behind “Network” for both. With a career that took him to the top of Hollywood’s blockbuster peaks, nothing Stallone made after “Rocky” generated much Oscar buzz.
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