Awards shows and memes go together like peanut butter and jelly, but the 88th annual Oscars on Sunday night (February 28) saw the death of one of the Internet’s most iconic running jokes: Leonardo DiCaprio and the Oscars that got away.
You see, Leo *finally* took home the Best Actor statuette for his portrayal of Hugh Glass in The Revenant. And while everyone’s super-stoked for his long overdue win, we’re also feeling a bit nostalgic for the meme that lived from 1994 — when Leo was first nominated for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? — to 2016.
The Internet bid a fond farewell to the decades-old Oscars meme Sunday. It is the end of an era, after all.
— Brandon Newberger (@Newbs28) February 29, 2016
— nicøle (@ultraviolhnce) February 29, 2016
— Jimmy Whetzel (@JimmyWhetzel) February 29, 2016
*slam dunks the "Leo doesn't have an Oscar" meme into nearest garbage bin*
— keezy (@sour_mamba) February 29, 2016
We watched a meme die tonight. #RIPLeoMemes
— Damien-Otōsan (@Ranjomomma1997) February 29, 2016
I hope everybody understands how important tonight's #Oscars were — because of Leo, we just lost a Hall of Fame meme. RIP.
— Ben Nadeau (@nedough) February 29, 2016
Of course, there’s also this.
everyone joking about how Leo winning an Oscar finally killed the meme, but now the meme is the death of the meme. We are in meme hell.
— malec af (@stormpiIot) February 29, 2016
YOU GUYS, WE WERE MOURNING THE OSCAR LEO MEME DEATH, BUT WINNER OSCAR LEO MEME HAS BEEN BORN
— Dulce Silver Janet (@Dul1678) February 29, 2016
You can’t get rid of Leo that easily, you guys. His heart (and memes) will always go on!