At his sixth time of trying, Leonardo DiCaprio finally picked up the award for Best Actor at The Oscars for his role in The Revenant last night. This year, more so than others, there appeared to be an active campaign for Leo to win the coveted gong – a cinema in Leicester Square, London even changed it’s name from Odeon to ‘LEODEON’ in support.
The Odeon in Leicester Square has changed its name after #LeonardoDiCaprio wins an #Oscar @BBCRadioLondon pic.twitter.com/13lY0jjb4I
— Jason Rosam???? (@JasonRosam) February 29, 2016
Upon the announcement of Leo’s win, the internet responded in a typically divided manner. Some were thrilled at the news and a few were ambivalent, but either way, his win certainly got the Internet talking – here’s the pick of the best reactions to Leo’s overdue win.
Most were happy for Leo’s win
The overwhelming response to the result was happiness that Leo’s long wait for his much-deserved Oscar was over.
Really happy that Leo Dicaprio won his very first Oscar. Its been a long time coming and he truly deserves it. A class act, an amazing actor
— Tosh Zhang (@toshrock) February 29, 2016
Leonardo DiCaprio. Finally. Won. The. Oscar. He. Has. Deserved. Since. What's. Eating. Gilbert. Grape. @LeoDiCaprio
— China Anne McClain (@chinamcclain) February 29, 2016
i lived to see leonardo dicaprio finally win an oscar. i can die happily now
— lohanthony (@lohanthony) February 29, 2016
Some praised his acceptance speech
Upon receiving the award Leo not only thanked his co-stars, production team, etc. but also used his moment in the spotlight to highlight the issue of climate change to a worldwide audience – to a positive response from Twitter in particular.
Leo's speech is honestly everything what an incredible man #Oscar #humanity https://t.co/SwqVMrLmBb
— A (@amxnab_) February 29, 2016
"Let us not take this planet for granted" < hats off to @LeoDiCaprio for putting climate action in his Oscar speech https://t.co/6wjaQWNg8I
— Adam Vaughan (@adamvaughan_uk) February 29, 2016
Leonardo DiCaprio won his first oscar & uses his speech to bring awareness to climate change. If that doesn't scream greatness idk what does
— honєy ♡ (@ohmystass) February 29, 2016
Being complex beast it is, some users were purposefully contrary to the win.
i kind of wanted leonardo dicaprio not to win the oscar just to see the reaction
— marniegray (@marniegray) February 29, 2016
At the moment Juliane Moore announced Leo’s name, countless memes at his expense became instantly redundant and the Internet provided an impromptu memorial service for the once-funny gags.
DiCaprio got an oscar. RIP memes.
— Vasco Lavos ? (@Vazkii) February 29, 2016
Don't get us wrong, we're so happy Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar…
But we'll miss the memes ? #Oscars pic.twitter.com/g4bJE0SX4m
— E4 (@E4Tweets) February 29, 2016
Leonardo DiCaprio won an Oscar. We lost a meme.
— Shower Thoughts (@TheWeirdWorld) February 29, 2016
The meme strikes back
If there was one time appropriate moment for a parting Leo meme – it was last night. And you better believe that the Internet made the most of it’s final opportunity.
Finally ? #leonardodicaprio #LeoFTW (Vine by Erik:)) https://t.co/H1XTn9UXqq
— w (@wiikusc) February 29, 2016
IM CRYING #LeonardoDiCaprio pic.twitter.com/BSLmkcmX74
— fatima (@zustinsfIatline) February 29, 2016
If Leo can do it, you can do it
A select few have already begun using Leo’s win as motivation for every day life.
If Leonardo DiCaprio can win an oscar you can ask that girl out
— thesantarain (@the_suzerain) February 29, 2016
leonardo dicaprio to all the people that have been making jokes about him and the Oscar through the years. pic.twitter.com/G3RqVLjjgD
— alpha sebxh ♡ (@sebxhs) February 29, 2016
And the win even prompted Kanye to tweet one of his sanest thoughts in a long time. Shockingly, Kanye said it, but we were all thinking it.
Congrats, Leo – you finally did it.