Leonardo DiCaprio’s Russian Fans Are Melting Down Their Gold to Make Him an Oscar
At this stage in awards season, it seems almost certain that
Leonardo DiCaprio will win his first Oscar this February 28.
If there is a God, we imagine that even He has ticked off
DiCaprio’s name on his Oscar pool in pen. But what if we
are all wrong and the Screen Actors Guild, the Hollywood.
Foreign Press Association, and every other award-giving
entity who celebrated The Revenant star are no indication of
who will claim the little gold man this month. What would
we, as a Leo-loving nation, do if someone else’s name is
called? Channel our disappointment into some Poor Leo
Internet meme again?
Well, DiCaprio’s fans in Siberia have prepared for this
unlikely outcome while simultaneously proving themselves
to be the most devoted Leo fans on planet Earth.
reports that the actor’s female admirers in Russia’s Far
East are donating their silver and gold valuables to an
“Oscar for Leo” campaign, which will melt down the jewelry
and sculpt it into the exact shape of an Oscar statuette.
Er, well, the silver and gold will be converted into the
approximate shape of an Oscar statuette, plus a few
upgrades. So, instead of the traditional little gold man
holding a sword, this little silver man will be holding “a
golden ‘choron’—a traditional three-legged Yakut goblet.”
Another difference—the Siberian Oscar’s head will be
looking upward rather than down.
“We have just started fundraising for the statue,” a teacher
from the Arctic State Institute of Culture and Arts, Tatiana
Egorova, told Russian news channel RIA Novosti (via
(about $1,300) to build a 12-inch statue—although the size
will vary depending on the number of donations. Egorova
also explained that many of the women donated part of
their valuables so that they could keep the other part—like
separating a pair of earrings—and feel closer to the actor.
“Like one half will be with Leonardo DiCaprio and one half
with them,” she said. “To be somehow connected with the
So far about 100 people have donated their valuables. The
campaign’s organizer has expressed, according to The
Metro , “It might not be a real Oscar, it was just as valid a
prize for Leo’s efforts in The Revenant .” While some cynics
might debate that statement, we are certain that the eco-
activist actor would appreciate the effort. Here’s to you,