Will Sylvester Stallone win an Oscar for playing the iconic character of boxer Rocky Balboa in "Creed," nearly four decades after first contending for "Rocky" (1976)? He's now the sixth performer to reap multiple Oscar bids for the same role in different films, though Stallone now holds the record of the most years (39) between noms. Scroll through our gallery by clicking here or the photo above.
If Stallone were to win — as most of our expert journalists, in-house staff editors and contest entrants like you predict will happen with leading 4/7 odds — he would join Bing Crosby and Paul Newman who both prevailed on one of their two nominations for the same role.
Crosby won for playing Chuck O'Malley in "Going My Way" (1944), but was then bested two years later by Ray Milland ("The Lost Weekend") when he returned as O'Malley for "The Bells of St. Mary's."
And Newman won on his second bid for Eddie Felson in "The Color of Money" (1986), 25 years after losing the Best Actor race to Maximilian Schell ("Judgment at Nuremberg") when Newman first portrayed Felson in "The Hustler" (1961).
If Stallone loses the Oscar, he'd join the other three dual-character nominees who lost both of their bids: Peter O'Toole as King Henry II ("Becket" and "The Lion in Winter"), Al Pacino as Michael Corleone ("The Godfather" and "The Godfather: Part II") and Cate Blanchett as Queen Elizabeth I ("Elizabeth" and "Elizabeth: The Golden Age").
Our Oscar odds-makers have Mark Rylance ("Bridge of Spies") in second place with 7/2 odds to take down Stallone, while Mark Ruffalo ("Spotlight") and Tom Hardy ("The Revenant") are tied in our fourth-place position with odds of 16/1, and Christian Bale ranks fifth at 40/1 odds. See more up-to-date Oscar odds and rankings right here.
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