Because not only did he win a shiny trophy for his role in The Revenant, but he was all over the Internet during the entire show. And when you take over social media on an the evening of an award show, that means you had the best night ever. Just ask Amy Schumer, Jennifer Lawrence or Nicki Minaj.
But this certainly isn't the first time Leo has been an Internet meme come to life. It isn't even the fifth or sixth time! In 1996, Leo was king of the world. In 2016, he's the present and future king of the Internet:
1. Strutting Leo
In 100 years, when high school kids are learning about the early years of Internet, Strutting Leo and Sad Keanu will be required reading. The Strutting Leo meme was born after the actor was snapped walking like a goofy idiot toward the camera on the set of Inception, and briefly afterwards, he walked directly into Internet history.
2. Leo and the Oscars
DiCaprio has been in some amazing movies and has put out some truly stunning work. But he has yet to win that elusive Academy Award. So every year when he's nominated, the same old memes and GIFs come out of hiding. Personally, we don't think they ever get old, but we can't wait to see what the Internet does with Leo when he finally does win that Oscar. Maybe 2016 is his year!
3. Sad Leo
Just see above. It's all related.
4. Gaga at the Globes
This just happened on Sunday night and already we know the GIF is sure to live on for years to come.
5. The Wolf of Wall Street dance
Leo is clearly not afraid to suffer and/or throw away vanity for his art, so when Wolf of Wall Street came out, everyone quickly fell in love with this GIF of his ridiculous, Gumby-on-pain-killers-type dance moves. And speaking of dancing…
He was dancing like nobody was watching, but the entire Internet definitely was.
7. Leo and Kate Winslet reunite
ZOMG. Did you see?! Did you see Leo and Kate?! Whenever these two Titanic costars get within 100 feet of each other (which happens often during award season), social media has a complete and utter meltdown. That's what happens when your OTP occupies the same space. You lose your damn mind.
8. Always the gracious butt of the joke
Never forget when Tina Fey introduced Leo like this at the 2014 Golden Globes: "And now, like a supermodel's vagina, let's all give a warm welcome to Leonardo DiCaprio!"
Also never forget how Leo gave them the thumbs up for the accurate description of his life:
9. That iconic Titanic shot
"I'm flying, Jack!" That moment will haunt Mr. DiCaprio all the way to his deathbed. At least he's a good sport about it.
Photos from Leo's teen magazine days are never not relevant, honestly.
11. The "cheers" shot from The Great Gatsby
When you want to tell off a troll on Twitter. When you want to signal to your coworker that it's time for happy hour over email. When you literally DGAF about anything and aren't afraid to show it. When you still don't have a damn Oscar! All these situations call for one GIF: Leo raising a glass in The Great Gatsby. It's still a clutch GIF to use in 2016.
12. Leo with a Super Soaker
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Is there anything more precious or more glorious than this photo of shirtless Leo running joyfully on the grass armed with a damn water gun? The answer is: NO. It's meme-tastic.
Thanks for bringing the Internet so much joy, Leo! We hope you get your Oscar this year. And if not, at least we know the Internet will have a meme field day with you.