Sylvester Stallone is continuing his winning streak in Hollywood awards season by picking up a special honour at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California.
The Rambo star has been named the recipient of this year’s (16) Montecito Award for his contribution to film, and the festival’s director praises Stallone for winning over critics with his turn in acclaimed Rocky spin-off Creed.
“Sylvester Stallone’s performance in Creed has reminded us of what a true talent he is and what a joy it is to share in his successes as the many beloved characters he has created,” explains the festival’s executive director Roger Durling. “Since he first hit the silver screen as Rocky Balboa nearly four decades ago, he has been a force in the industry both on film and behind the scenes.
“He is a true legend in our field, and it is our privilege to present him with the Montecito Award, and to continue to honour his legacy.”
Stallone will be presented with the award at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, California on 9 February (16) during the festival, which runs from 3 to 13 February (16). Previous recipients include Jennifer Aniston, Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, and Naomi Watts.
Veteran action hero Stallone has landed an Oscar nomination for his turn in Creed, nearly 40 years after his previous nods for Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay at the 1977 Academy Awards for his original Rocky movie.
Stallone, who won the Best Supporting Actor prize at the 2016 Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards for Creed, recently admitted he feared his glory days at Hollywood awards ceremonies were long gone after spending decades shut out of the major industry prizegivings.
“I didn’t think that I was in this universe anymore… Careerwise, I had gone in a different direction,” he told the New York Daily News. “To be invited back into this world, where I started out in, is almost a reprieve. I was given a second opportunity, so it really is a sense of being reborn…. I love that my kids get to see (the trophies) because they just thought I was a bad golfer for a living and not acting. But now I have proof.”