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Tuesday 20 February 2018

Statues to honour Oscar hopefuls

Brit Oscar hopeful Benedict Cumberbatch cast as a gold award statue ahead of The Academy Awards this Sunday (ODEON/PA)
Brit Oscar hopeful Benedict Cumberbatch cast as a gold award statue ahead of The Academy Awards this Sunday (ODEON/PA)

Britain's Oscars hopefuls are already the gold stars of the nation even if they don't bag an award, after these giant statues of them went on show.

Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, Felicity Jones and Rosamund Pike will be battling it out for Academy Awards this weekend and to show their appreciation, Odeon Cinemas commissioned 2.5 metre-tall Oscars with the faces of the four actors.

Each one is labelled with a plaque to identify them in case film fans are struggling to tell the androgynous Oscars apart.

Inspired by the golden postboxes that popped up in the hometowns of medal winners at the London 2012 Olympics, the statues will take up residence outside the Odeon closest to where they grew up.

Redmayne will be put up in Putney, Jones at Birmingham New Street, and Cumberbatch and Pike in Kensington.

Odean commercial director Andy Edge said: "Whether our actors win or lose this Sunday, the achievement of British talent in cinema over the past 12 months has been extraordinary.

"The Olympics was an incredible time that got the nation behind our homegrown talent. At Odeon, we're proud of our British heritage and with these impressive golden statues, we're hoping to re-capture a dash of that Olympic magic, showing that British talent in cinema is stronger than ever."

The 87th Oscars ceremony takes place on Sunday, when Redmayne and Cumberbatch go head to head for best actor, while Jones and Pike fight it out to be named best actress.

Press Association

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