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Academy luncheon is time for reflection in high stakes year

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Actor Leonardo DiCaprio (L) and director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards nominee luncheon on February 8, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (AFP Photo)

While the luncheon was full of schmoozing and love, with attendees like Steven Spielberg, Alejandro Inarritu, Lady Gaga and more, backstage, diversity and #OscarsSoWhite dominated the discussions.

Sylvester Stallone, who became a focal point in the controversy for being the sole nominee (supporting actor) from "Creed," which had both a black director and lead actor, said he consulted with director Ryan Coogler as to whether or not he should attend at all.

"I said, 'if you want me to go, I'll go, if you don't, I won't,'" Stallone told reporters before lunch. "He said, 'Just go there and try to represent the film.'"

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