Saturday 16 December 2017

Russian fans honour Leonardo DiCaprio with homemade 'Oscar'

A fake Oscar statue made by residents of Russia's far eastern Yakutia region (AP)
A fake Oscar statue made by residents of Russia's far eastern Yakutia region (AP)

Come what may at the Academy Awards, Leonardo DiCaprio will have an Oscar - or at least a close replica of the coveted statue.

Residents in Russia's Far East have made a statue for DiCaprio that bears close resemblance to the Oscar prize and is made from donated metals.

Nearly 150 DiCaprio fans from the Yakutia region donated the 1.5kg of silver and 4g of gold to make the statue for the American, who is nominated in the best actor category for his role in The Revenant.

One fan, Anna Ivanova, said "even if DiCaprio does not receive an Oscar, he will still be our favourite".

DiCaprio, whose grandmother was Russian, is popular in the country, and met president Vladimir Putin in 2010 to discuss tiger conservation.

Press Association

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