Sylvester Stallone took home the Golden Globe for his performance in the latest installment of the Rocky franchise Creed. Stallone had last been nominated in 1976 for the inaugural film in the series as the film’s screenwriter.
As Stallone walked to the stage to accept his award, he received a standing ovation from the crowd, including an enthusiastic response from Creed‘s star Michael B. Jordan. “I’m going to try to not get emotional,” the veteran actor, director and writer said as he began his speech. “I am the sum total of everyone I’ve ever met, and I’m so lucky I’ve absorbed some of it”
Stallone went on to note that the last time he had been recognized by this award was at the 1977 ceremony for the film, where he lost for Best Actor to Network‘s Peter Finch. He went on thank family, friends and all involved with the film before giving a special shout out to Rocky‘s producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, noting that Chartoff had mortgaged his house and “took a shot on a mumbling actor and gave me the shot of a lifetime.”
The winner ended his already touching speech on a particularly emotional note, thanking the character he has played in seven films over 40 years. “Most of all, I wanna thank my imaginary friend Rocky Balboa for being the best friend I ever had.”