Oscars 2016: The Day a Meme Died

Leonardo DiCaprio | Cheers

Leonardo DiCaprio | Cheers

M2Social often looks at memes because of their capability to spread virally and communicate ideas organically in the World Wide Web. Many famous memetic images and catchphrases originated from shared cultural sensations such as famous movies, love teams, politicians, athletes, beauties, and pets. With over 40 million viewers, the Academy Awards is a wonderful source of memes.

But the biggest news is not the creation of a meme but its death. Because

Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar!

Before 2016, the actor has been widely praised in many critically-acclaimed films such as The Wolf of Wall Street, The Aviator, and The Great Gatsby. However, he never won although he was always nominated. That fact spawned numerous memes by itself.

Leonardo DiCaprio | The Art of the Brick

Leonardo DiCaprio | The Art of the Brick

Leonardo DiCaprio | Oscar Meme

Leonardo DiCaprio | Oscar Meme

Leonardo DiCaprio | Twitter | Doctor Conversation

Leonardo DiCaprio | Twitter | Doctor Conversation

Leonardo DiCaprio | Please Just Give This Man An Oscar Before He Kills Himself

Leonardo DiCaprio | Please Just Give This Man An Oscar Before He Kills Himself

 

As the 88th Academy Awards arrived with a strong Leo performance in The Revenant, many were already creating image macros that depicted his emotions about the losing streak and his hopes of winning.

Finally Leo’s and his fans prayers were answered. He won and the internet exploded.

Leo’s Oscar win has ended a meme, one of the few times a meme’s death can be properly dated. It was a funny while it lasted but everything comes to an end one day. Will it resurrect in another actor or actress? Nobody knows but there is a tendency in the Internet to resurrect obscure ideas, shows, and experiences that created fond memories.