It’s been impossible to miss this news, but here it is – the sentence I have been waiting to write since I started doing online journalism (okay, fine, that’s dramatic and not totally true, but also not totally untrue): Leonardo DiCaprio finally won the coveted Best Actor Oscar for his role in The Revenant. Yes. Leo, the man who inspired thousands of memes about an Oscar statute just out of reach. Last night was Leo’s night, and it was magical. It was so magical that even the people behind the scenes, who had been loudly and rudely playing off winners’ speeches at a steady rate all night, let him speak as long as he wanted to. The entire audience immediately gave him a standing ovation, Kate Winslet cried, Leo smiled like an angelic God, I screamed so loud I woke up half of my family, and the Internet went crazy.
I’m just speculating here, but I’m pretty sure we (the people of the Internet, obviously) are happier about Leo’s newly acquired Academy Award than he is. After all, we are the ones who have spent the last few years crafting tons of genius memes of Leo obsessing over an Oscar, and he is the one who has been hanging out with supermodels on yachts and trying to save the world while looking perfect. So it just makes sense that we would all be freaking out even more than Leo was. As expected, Leo handled his long-deserved win with grace and charm, making his speech more about the environmental issues he works very hard to bring awareness to than his career. While he was on stage acting like the man of your dreams, his fans were sitting behind computers, crafting beautiful tweets and memes and Instagram posts.
Obviously, I had to collect the best reactions to Leonardo DiCaprio finally winning an Oscar. This is because that’s just part of my job, but it’s mainly because I need an excuse to continue to stare at pictures of his face other than “I am a pathetic fangirl.” I’ve had an unhealthy obsession with Leo since I was 12-years-old and he starred in Titanic, and I feel happier about this award than I probably should. Leo is so damn deserving of this Oscar that I don’t even know where to begin explaining why. I’ll let the memes do the talking for me, as per usual. Here are 20 of the funniest reactions to Leo finally winning his Oscar:
1. This is a real footage of Leonardo DiCaprio waking up this morning:
Leo be waking up tomorrow like pic.twitter.com/4F5hEANytH
— Sincerely Tumblr (@SincerelyTumblr) February 29, 2016
2. Basically the entire world is happy for Leo right now.
I'M SO HAPPY HE HAS BEEN WAITING FOR THIS MOMENT SINCE 1994. I'M SO PROUD OF LEONARDO DICAPRIO pic.twitter.com/neIQXkraaA
— Common White Girl (@girlposts) February 29, 2016
3. Just when you thought it was impossible to upgrade Oscar Isaac…
— FREDDY (@FreddyAmazin) February 29, 2016
4. DOES THIS MEAN THEY CAN BE TOGETHER NOW IN REAL LIFE?
"I got one too now." pic.twitter.com/3Kw7rWnApM
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) February 29, 2016
5. WAS THIS A SUBTLE EFF YOU TO THE OSCARS FOR MAKING HIM WAIT THIS LONG
(No it isn’t because Leo would NEVER)
6. When Leo wins and you’re so happy you have to cry a little
7. Even Kanye West was one of us last night.
Finally!!! Our guy!!! We're so so happy for Leo!!!
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 29, 2016
8. Honestly, I’m just so happy this GIF exists:
9. Ugh, will we ever not be happy?
— Tumblr (@tumblr) February 29, 2016
10. YASSS BOO YASS
11. When we try to relate to Leo until we remember that we can’t.
@katethewasp Today should be canceled
— Michael (@Home_Halfway) February 29, 2016
12. If he didn’t it was a wasted opportunity TBH
Leo left the Oscars like pic.twitter.com/59HzZJLvSr
— Austin Keller (@austinkeller) February 29, 2016
13. This is TOO MUCH
14. WHO DID THIS
leo at the after party https://t.co/jhwJyHSwDK
— ruby (@crybabybleu) February 29, 2016
— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 29, 2016
16. I mean, we basically helped him win, right?
17. I’m sobbing.
leonardo dicaprio during kate winslet's golden globe speech (2009) / kate during leo's oscars speech (2016) pic.twitter.com/F76HnYAznH
— . (@artsyfilm) February 29, 2016
18. All good things come to an end, right?
19. Do I love this or hate this, I don’t know
20. And finally, because the Internet just can’t help itself…
— leo won an oscar (@ellsenpai) February 29, 2016
What did you think of Leonardo DiCaprio finally winning an Oscar? Which meme is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.