Sylvester Stallone 1 In the spotlight: Sylvester Stallone toasted the success of the movie Creed at a celebration dinner in New York City on Monday night where he was joined by his co-star Tessa Thompson

With just a few days to go until the Golden Globes, nominee Sylvester Stallone helped host a celebration dinner for the film Creed in new York.

The Hollywood veteran has earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination from the Hollywood Foreign Press for his performance in the seventh Rocky film, that’s both a spin-off and a sequel to 2006’s Rocky Balboa.

The 69-year-old actor was joined at the event by co-star Tessa Thompson and the film’s co-writer and director Ryan Coogler.

Stallone looked sharp in a dark blue suit with a white shirt and a blue and white patterned tie.

Thompson, 32, wore a pretty monochrome sleeveless dress with spaghetti straps.

In the movie, Stallone reprises his role as Rocky Balboa who agrees to train Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), the boxing son of his former rival and late friend Apollo Creed.

During the dinner, Stallone, Thompson and Coogler spoke about making the film in a Q&A moderated by Irwin Winkler, who has served as a producer on all seven Rocky films, and TV personality Gayle King.

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Surprise success: The veteran Hollywood star revealed in a recent interview that it took writer and director Ryan Coogler, left, two years to persuade him to reprise the role of Rocky Balboa for the seventh time Sylvester Stallone 3

Shared their experiences: Stallone and Thompson talked about the making of the movie during the special event

It’s 40 years since Stallone burst onto the scene with Rocky, a movie he wrote himself and which won an Academy Award For Best Picture.

It’s grossed more than $100 million at the box office.

Stallone said in an interview published on that he’d resisted Coogler’s repeated appeals to make Creed and it took the filmmaker two years to convince him to do it.

‘I had been very, very grateful the way the last chapter of Rocky Balboa wrapped up his story in a satisfactory way for the audience. When Rocky waves goodbye, that was a goodbye to the audience and a thank you,’ the star explained.

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Triumphant return: It’s 40 years since the 69-year-old actor created the role of Rocky Balboa. He’s nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance as the boxer who agrees to train the son of former rival Apollo Creed Sylvester Stallone 5

Holding court: During the dinner, Stallone entertained everyone with his tales during a Q&A hosted by Rocky producer Irwin Winkler, left, and TV personality Gayle King, rightSylvester Stallone 6

Fallon fine: The on-screen slugger was in ebullient mood as he chatted with Jimmy on The Tonight Show

But after Coogler’s success with 2013’s Fruitvale Station, that also starred Michael B. Jordan, and as a result of his persistence, Stallone decided to give it a shot.

‘There was just something about this kid, who was very, very physical in his manner, but sensitive and emotional. It kind of reminded me…of me, truth be told,’ he said.

‘So I finally said, “You know what? Someone took a chance on me, once. I’m just going to throw caution to the wind and let him run with it.”’
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On the up: Thompson has appeared in TV’s Veronica Mars and the movie Selma and her role in Creed is getting her noticed even more Tessa Thompson 2

Mutual fans: Thompson, who’s a LA native, posed for photos with New York actress and TV host Rosie Perez, who showed up to support the event Tessa Thompson 3

Love interest: The actress, 32, plays Bianca, a singer and songwriter who enjoys a romance with Adonis ‘Donnie’ Johnson, played by Michael B. Jordan

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Supportive figure: Legendary producer Irwin Winkler has served as a producer on each of the seven Rocky movies from the original 1976 movie that won Best Picture at the Oscars to this year’s Creed