French actress Juliette Binoche sent her Oscars statue back to Academy Award bosses because her young son had picked off all the gold colouring.

The star scooped the prestigious honour for best supporting actress for her role as a nurse in World War Ii romance epic The English Patient.

However, within years of winning the award in 1997, Binoche had to return it to Oscars chiefs for a replacement because her son Raphael had ruined the statue.

Binoche tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "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. My son hasn't touched the new one!"