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Oscars 2016: Leonardo DiCaprio Finally Getting an Academy Award? Russian Fans Donate Jewellery for Trophy

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has never won an Oscar despite having starred in numerous character-driven movies since becoming a breakout star following the release of “Titanic.”

DiCaprio has been nominated five times for an Academy for “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” (1993), “The Aviator” (2004), “Blood Diamond” (2006), “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013), and the recent “The Revenant,” which also stars actor Tom Hardy.

However, fans have felt that the Academy has been unfair on the actor who has tried to distance himself from the iconic “Jack Dawson” character in James Cameron’s “Titanic” by taking a variety of roles that explore his ability as an actor rather than a star.

A group of fans of DiCaprio in Russia have reportedly organised a campaign, says Screen Rant, to ensure he gets an Oscar for the Alejandro González Iñárritu-directed movie “The Revenant” even if the Academy decides not to award him one this year.

According to Metro, a group of fans from the Siberian region of Yakutia have begun the campaign “Oscar for Leo,” whereby they are donating silver and gold valuables or jewellery which are to be melted and sculpted into an Oscar statue. However, there will be certain alterations to the iconic statuette.

Unlike the traditional statuette, which is golden and clutches a crusader’s sword, this statue will be a 12-inch high silver figurine holding on to a golden ‘choron’ – a traditional three-legged Yakut goblet, reports Metro. Significantly, this silver Oscar will have the head looking up towards the sky than down.

Fundraising for the project has begun with around 100 people having donated their valuables for the cause so far, says Tatyana Yegorova, the woman behind the campaign. The endeavour is estimated to cost around AU$1,831.44 (US$1,300).

“Yakutia praises high-quality cinema and considers DiCaprio to be an actor who can inspire and delight his audiences,” Tatyana Yegorova told Russian news agency TASS, quotes Metro.

“Anyone who is looking up into the sky understands his real destiny. We believe that DiCaprio has seen his destiny. He didn’t bury his talent and overcame all obstacles in his life,“ Yegorova, who is a teacher from the Arctic State Institute of Culture and Arts in Yakutia Region, told Ria Novosti of RT. The RT article also notes that DiCaprio’s grandmother was Russian and the actor has referred to himself as “half-Russian.”

Regardless of whether DiCaprio wins his first ever Oscar this year or not, having earned the love and appreciation and also dedication of his Russian fans is a huge achievement for the actor.

Come February 28, Dicaprio will be competing against Eddie Redmayne for “The Danish Girl,” Michael Fassbender for “Steve Jobs,” Bryan Cranston for “Trumbo” and Matt Damon for “The Martian” for the coveted golden man.

Watch the RT video interview below.

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