Golden Globes 2016: Sylvester Stallone Discusses Emotional Release of ‘Creed’ Following Son’s Death

Even Rocky need to vent.

Sylvester Stallone opened up about the catharsis that he felt from his role in Creed backstage at the 2016 Golden Globes after taking home a win for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role.  The actor told reporters that working on the film in which Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor the son of his late friend and former rival was therapeutic following the untimely death of his son Sage, who passed away from heart disease at age 36 in 2012.

“To be frank, any time you can vent emotions that are real, I think it’s very, very helpful,” he said. “Most importantly I wanted to respect his memory and I think we did.”

Stallone accepted his award on Jan. 10 in a state of complete shock, seemingly blacked out from overwhelming excitement. “I didn’t expect it at all,” he told backstage reporters. “And and I don’t remember a standing ovation. Was there really? Are you kidding?”

Watch his acceptance speech in the video at the top of the page. Launch the gallery below to see Stallone’s red carpet photos.