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Saturday 27 December 2014

Binoche reveals son's Oscar peeling

Juliette Binoche was given a replacement Oscar statuette
Juliette Binoche was given a replacement Oscar statuette

Juliette Binoche has revealed she was given a replacement Oscar - after her son peeled the paint off it.

The Hollywood star, who landed an Academy Award for her performance in The English Patient, said her son Raphael damaged the gold covering on the statuette.

Appearing as a guest on the latest edition of The Graham Norton Show on BBC One, the actress said: "My son was playing with it and all the gold was peeling off - the naked Oscar was getting even more naked.

"It was a very dull and grey colour behind the gold. They replaced it of course but I had to return the old one. I would have liked to keep it - it was cute."

The 50-year-old added: "My son hasn't touched the new one."

French-born Juliette collected the best supporting actress Oscar in 1997, and was nominated for best actress in 2001 for Chocolat, although she missed out to Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich.

The interview is to be screened tomorrow at 10.20pm.

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