Leonardo DiCaprio made history multiple times during the 88th Academy Awards on Sunday. Not only did the actor finally win Best Actor for his performance in The Revenant, but Twitter said that he is responsible for the most-tweeted minute ever to take place during an Oscars telecast. It unseats the previous record holder belonging to the famous group selfie tweeted by Ellen DeGeneres in 2014.
According to Twitter, there were more than 440,000 tweets per minute posted when DiCaprio accepted the award. By comparison, DeGeneres’ tweet caused 255,000 tweets per minute.
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Much of the impetus behind that record was likely people who were ecstatic about the actor finally winning an Oscar after six previous Academy Award nominations for films like What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Wolf of Wall Street, Blood Diamond, and The Aviator. Of course, DiCaprio’s acceptance speech about global warming also played a big part: “Climate change is real, it is happening right now,” he said. “It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating…Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted.”
Oh, and let’s not forget all the new memes that were created in celebration of DiCaprio’s achievements.
— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) February 29, 2016