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YAKUTSK, February 4. /TASS/. Even as actor Leonardo DiCaprio awaits Hollywood's Oscar awards verdict on his latest blockbuster "The Revenant", fans of the star in Russia's eastern Siberia have been gathering their own precious gold and silver to honor him - for meltdown into a symbolic "Oscar" statuette they hope he will receive from them in distant Yakutia.
The metal will be cast into the form of a man holding a Choron, the local language name for a three-legged goblet "symbolizing peace and expressing people’s love for the actor", say those arranging the accolade.
Gold will be melted down for the Choron and silver for the figure holding it - silver being a metal sacred to the people of Yakutia holding powers to purify and protect its owner.
One hundred fans have brought their offerings already - and yet more come with their devotions. "Many people are still bringing silver, showing they are ready to unite for a common purpose and make it real. This inspires us," Tatiana Yegorova, one of the tribute's organizers told TASS on Thursday.
"Yakutia praises high-quality cinema and considers DiCaprio to be an actor who can inspire and delight his audiences," Yegorova said. "In two weeks, a statuette in national Yakutia style will be cast, brought by those fascinated with DiCaprio’s work."
Its size will be determined by the amount of metal donated but it will be no shorter than 30 centimeters.
When Yakutia’s award is ready, "Oscar for Leo" fans will seek to present it in person, inviting the actor to attend Yhy·kh celebrations, a New Year holiday in the republic celebrated normally in late June.
This year's Academy Awards ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on February 28, where DiCaprio is in the line-up for a real Oscar to celebrate success for "The Revenant" on the world's silver screens.
"The Revenant" tops the Academy Awards list with 12 nominations, including citations for Best Picture and Best Actor.
Lined up with DiCaprio, Best Male Actor may go to Michael Fassbender for "Steve Jobs", an American biographical drama; Eddie Redmayne, starring in British drama "The Danish Girl"; Matt Damon for "The Martian", an American science fiction movie; and Bryan Lee Cranston for "Trumbo", an American biography.