Last month (Feb16), the star finally scored himself an Academy Award win for Best Actor for his portrayal of real-life fur trapper Hugh Glass in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's historical epic.

However, a group of film fans in the Yakutia region of his mother's native country wanted to ensure the 41-year-old would end up with his own Oscar on his sixth nomination, regardless of the outcome of the prestigious Hollywood ceremony, and announced days before the event that they had decided to honour DiCaprio by crafting a statuette of their own.

Nearly 150 devotees donated 3.3 pounds (1.5 kilograms) of silver and 0.14 ounces (four grams) of gold to melt down for the replica prize to show their appreciation for the actor's talents, according to The Associated Press. The award resembles an Oscar, but holds a Cheron, which is a three-legged goblet that symbolises peace, instead of a sword.

DiCaprio has now received his alternative award, and he shared his thanks on while touching on a subject close to his heart - climate change.

"Thank you to the people of Yakutia for this wonderful gift, especially all of the women who gathered and donated the materials that went into creating the statue," the actor and activist wrote.

"As they wrote in their letter, Yakutia is home to the coldest inhabited place not only in Russia, but also on Earth - and the region is extremely vulnerable to climate change. Rising temperatures pose a major threat to its people, their way of life and their natural habitat."

DiCaprio also addressed climate change during his passionate acceptance speech at the Oscars, calling it an "urgent threat" at the ceremony on 28 February (16).

"Climate change is real. It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating," he implored.

"We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters or the big corporations, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people who will be most affected by this, for our children's children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed," he added as he received a standing ovation from his fellow actors.