MOSCOW — Residents of a town in Russia’s Far East have been donating their gold and silver for something near and dear to their hearts: Leonardo DiCaprio.

More than 100 DiCaprio fans in Siberia’s Yakutia have donated precious metals to make a statue for the film star who is nominated as best actor for his role in “The Revenant.”

Sardana Savvina, a member of the Oscar to Leo! initiative, said the group is hopeful that DiCaprio will walk away with two awards this year: a statue from Yakutia and a bona fide Oscar. DiCaprio, whose grandmother was Russian, is extremely popular in the country.

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