What would have happened if Leonardo DiCaprio lost at the Oscars

Last night, Leonardo DiCaprio won an Oscar for his turn in The Revenant, ending a legendary losing streak (and long-running meme).  

It was such a magical, tweetable moment that most people probably didn’t stop to consider how close we came to another DiCaprio snub. Even after his name was announced, we worried there had been some kind of mistake.

To offer a sense of the controversial outcome we were half-expecting, we turn to the brilliant visionaries of Reddit‘s r/photoshopbattles.

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Yep, everything cool so far. “Accidental” middle finger, but cool.

Oh god. Please tell me this isn’t happening.

Leo, no! Let Steve Harvey go! It’s not worth it!

Jesus Christ. This is a nightmare.

COME ON.

Wow. This will absolutely go down as the greatest atrocity in Academy Awards history—until The Retarded wins Best Picture next year.

Illustration via Max Fleishman

Miles Klee

Miles Klee

Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions,  and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'