Leonardo DiCaprio was bound to break the internet win or lose Sunday night. The actor finally won his first Academy Award last night after losing out on five previous Oscars, and it was the most-tweeted moment in Oscar history.
According to Twitter, DiCaprio’s win generated 400,000 tweets per minute on Oscar Sunday, surpassing Ellen DeGeneres’ celeb-heavy selfie from the 2014 show. The other highly tweeted moments of last night’s show include “Spotlight” winning Best Picture and “Mad Max: Fury Road” taking its sixth award for sound mixing. “Mad Max: Fury Road” won more awards than any other film.
Memes and GIFs have circulated for years over DiCaprio’s lack of wins despite his impressive body of work and previous nominations. Before his win last night, DiCaprio had been nominated for acting Oscars four times and once for producing.
Fans eagerly anticipated his win (he was the heavily presumed favorite to win Best Actor for his role in “The Revenant”) and immediately took to Twitter and other forms of social media to express their delight. Hollywood, it seems, is also on-board the DiCaprio fan train, as the actor was given a standing ovation when his name was announced.
Fans and viewers also took to Twitter earlier in the night to express their displeasure with a different turn of events: the loss of Best Original Song to Lady Gaga and Diane Warren for “Til It Happens To You.” The duo wrote the song, which Gaga performed Sunday night, for the documentary “The Hunting Ground,” which explores sexual assault on college campuses nationwide.
Following an emotional performance by Gaga, herself a survivor of sexual assault, it was announced that Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes won for their song “Writing’s On the Wall” from the latest Bond film, “Spectre,” despite its mediocre reviews. Fans angrily flocked to Twitter to express their disappointment and outrage at the surprising turn of events. Like DiCaprio, Gaga was the overwhelming favorite for the award.
Some of the best tweets can be viewed over at TheWrap.