Actor is being awarded the Siberian Oscar (if he arrives to collect it) – but is also now wanted as a tourism guru after ‘blunder’ on Urals pollution.
Our pictures show Yakutian women who are awarding Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio a very personal honour for his role in ‘The Revenant’: they are melting their own gold and silver jewellery to present him with the award. Who could refuse these women from the Sakha Republic – also known as Yakutia? They insist they’re his most devoted fans anywhere.
But the star is also in demand elsewhere after pointing to seemingly horrific pollution near the Magnitogork Iron and Steel Works in the South Urals. He offended the governor of Chelyabinsk by using what appears to have been a photograph taken in 1993.
‘Knowing that the river is badly polluted by waste from the huge plant looming behind them, many fisherman would sell their catch to markets rather than consume it themselves,’ DiCaprio – a high-profile environmental activist – blasted in Instagram post.
Now Governor Boris Dubrovsky – whose region lies on the western edge of Siberia – has invited DiCaprio to check his facts and when he realises how much cleaner the place is now, to become the fact of tourism for the Urals. The politician’s spokesman complained the picture highlighted by DiCaptio is ‘rather old’. In fact it seems to date from 1993.
More than 100 fans have already handed over their precious jewellery for the accolade to DiCaprio, regardless of the result when the Academy Awards are announced on 28 February. Gold will be melted down for the Choron, while silver is used for the figure holding it. Here, silver is a sacred metal to the people who see it as holding powers to purify and protect its owner.
‘Many people are still bringing silver, showing they are ready to unite for a common purpose and make it real. This inspires us,’ said Tatiana Yegorova, an organiser of this Siberian Oscar. ‘Yakutia praises high-quality cinema and considers DiCaprio to be an actor who can inspire and delight his audiences.
‘In two weeks, a statuette in national Yakutia style will be cast, created by those fascinated with DiCaprio’s work.’
Its size? At least 30 centimetres tall but it will depend on the quantity of metal donated by his fans. But his devotees have waited a long time for this moment.
-more at Siberian Times