Los Angeles: Film producer Harvey Weinstein, who is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and therefore should not be biased with nominees, broke the rules by endorsing Leonardo DiCaprio for the Actor in a Leading Role award.

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Leonardo DiCaprio in a still from 'The Revenant'

Weinstein applauded the work of DiCaprio, who is nominated for his role in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's “The Revenant”, at the amfAR New York Gala on Wednesday, reports usmagazine.com.

Weinstein gave a shout-out to DiCaprio, 41, on stage at the star-studded occasion.

"As an Academy member, you're not supposed to endorse anyone up for an Academy Award, but I have to say Leo DiCaprio is so amazing in 'The Revenant'," Weinstein told the crowd.

"His devotion and the way he rolls it all up into something beautiful is amazing. I've never worked with anyone who's so wonderful and so classy,” he added.

The 88th Academy Awards will take place on February 28.