“When you win, bring it back to Malibu. I’ll feel much better knowing a piece of me is here.”
Zelensky was clearly very happy with the gesture, describing it as a “great honour”.
He was later seen carefully placing the golden trophy on his mantelpiece in his presidential office.
Zelensky in turn, presented Sean with a Ukrainian Order of Merit to thank him for “his sincere support and significant contribution to the popularisation of Ukraine in the world”.
Sean has won a total of two Best Actor Academy Award gongs for his performances in 2003’s Mystic River and the 2008 hit film Milk.