Russian Group Is Reportedly Planning to Send Leonardo DiCaprio His Own 'Oscar'
As the Post notes, the speculation about DiCaprio's lack of an Oscar, despite a long and storied film career, has gone international, even earning chatter on Chinese social media
Win or lose at this year’s Academy Awards (and he’s favored to win for The Revenant), Leonardo DiCaprio is guaranteed to get at least one little metal man – all the way from Russia, according to the Washington Post.
The Post reports, citing two reports from Russian state news agencies (translated to English), that a group of filmmakers in eastern Russia are gathering donations to create their version of an “Oscar,” though they plan on renaming it.
As the Post notes, the speculation about DiCaprio’s lack of an Oscar, despite a long and storied film career, has gone international, even earning chatter on Chinese social media.
While the Russian award will look more or less Oscar-esque, it will hold a “Choron,” a a three-legged goblet, instead of a sword – a substitution symbolizing peace, according to the Post.
Local women have also been told, according to the paper, to give half of their jewelry for the statue so that “one half will be with Leonardo DiCaprio and one half with them.”
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Russia Today, the state-backed TV network, also covered the effort, according to the Post.
Russian “Oscar” or no, DiCaprio, 41, (who has two Russian grandparents) “is widely perceived to have a special link” to the country, according to the Post, and reports there have recently seized on comments he made about wanting to play Vladimir Putin in a future film role.
Then there is the matter of DiCaprio’s Russian “doppelgänger,” described as member of the country’s armed forces and discovered in a joking tweet a few weeks ago.