“The Revenant” star’s victory tops Ellen DeGeneres‘ star-studded selfie in 2014
Leonardo DiCaprio‘s long-awaited win for Best Actor generated more than 400,000 tweets per minute on Sunday, becoming the most-tweeted moment in Oscar history, the social media giant reported Sunday.
“The Revenant” star’s triumph on his fifth nomination by far surpassed the previous record for social engagement during an Academy Awards telecast, which was previously set in 2014 with host Ellen DeGeneres‘ star-studded mid-show selfie.
Twitter reported that this year’s most buzzed-about moments during the 88th Academy Awards were led by DiCaprio’s win, followed by “Spotlight” winning Best Picture at the end of the night and “Mad Max: Fury Road” winning its sixth award for sound mixing.
George Miller‘s dystopian sci-fi thriller wound up collecting more prizes than any other film but fell short in the major categories.
Twitter also reported that DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) was the most-discussed star on the site during the ceremoy, followed by Chris Rock (@chrisrock), Lady Gaga (@ladygaga), Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) and Kate Winslet.
DiCaprio earned a standing ovation from the crowd at the Dolby Theatre for his hard-earned win and opened his speech by thanking the cast, crew and director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, but his speech also included a call to action.
“Climate change is real,” the actor said in a long speech that the show’s producers decided not to cut short. “It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.”
In terms of films, “Mad Max: Fury Road” (@MadMaxMovie) generated the most Twitter conversation, followed by “The Revenant” (@RevenantMovie), “Ex Machina” (@ExMachinaMovie), “Spotlight” (@SpotlightMovie) and “The Danish Girl” (@danishgirlmov).