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Russian fans present Leonardo DiCaprio with a homemade Oscar

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Feb 27, 2016, 8:42 am IST
Updated Feb 27, 2016, 8:42 am IST
DiCaprio fans from the Yakutia region donated the 1.5 kilograms of silver and 4 grams of gold to make the statue.
Leonardo DiCaprio at the 88th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon. Photo: AP
 Leonardo DiCaprio at the 88th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon. Photo: AP

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

Fans 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 1.5 kilograms of silver and 4 grams of gold to make the statue for the American, who is nominated in the best actor category for his role in ‘The Revenant’.

 

A fake Oscar statue made by residents of Russia’s far eastern Yakutia region, is on display in Yakutsk, about 4,800 kilometers east of Moscow.A fake Oscar statue made by residents of Russia’s far eastern Yakutia region, is on display in Yakutsk, about 4,800 kilometers east of Moscow. Photo: AP

One fan, Anna Ivanova says, "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 he met with Vladimir Putin in 2010 to discuss tiger conservation.

The actor has earned his fifth Best Actor award nomination for his performance as Hugh Glass in ‘The Revenant’.

Although he is up against some stiff competition from Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Michael Fassbender and Eddie Redmayne, fans and online polls suggest that this trophy might finally be his to keep.

 

The Revenant is leading the race for the 2016 Oscars with 12 nominations, with Mad Max: Fury Road scoring 10.

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