These days, watching a live television event is only half the fun—the other half, of course, is the memes. Even with an event as rigidly structured and formal as The Oscars, anything can happen—and the Internet will be there, to immortalize it all in meme form. Here are some of the most memetic moments of Sunday night’s Oscars.
Lady Gaga’s red rubber gloves. First, there was Lady Gaga’s large, smock-like dress complete with what looked like red rubber cleaning gloves. Then came Gaga’s (really good!) musical tribute to The Sound of Music. Put them together? Instant meme magic.
Meryl Streep. Patricia Arquette’s speech about equal pay for women had a lot of fans cheering—Most notably Meryl Streep, who was all like:
David Oyelowo. While not particularly memetic, Oyelowo’s response to Common and John Legend’s performance of “Glory” made for one of the most memorable images of the night.
Lego Oscars. The Tegan and Sara/Lonely Island performance of The Lego Movie‘s “Everything is Awesome” was an early highlight of the show, but when the performers started handing out Lego Oscars—a riff on the filmmaker’s response to being snubbed for a Best Animated Film nomination a few weeks back—they opened the floodgates to a lot of great jokes. Like this one.
#GreenCard. When Sean Penn took the stage to present the final award of the night to Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu, he did it with a green card joke. While Penn and Iñárritu are in fact friends and neither found the joke offensive, it certainly proved divisive online.
#OscarsSoWhite. In the leadup to the Acadamy Awards, a social media campaign about the ceremony’s lack of diversity formed around the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. The hashtag became a place for live tweeters to volley their best jokes and sharpest criticisms of Academy Awards’ diversity problem—something even host Neil Patrick Harris copped to with an opening joke about Hollywood’s “best and whitest.”
John Travolta being kinda creepy. What started as a funny and adorable apology for famously calling Idina Menzel “Adele Dazeem” quickly became something rather…uncomfortable.
This, unfortunately for Travolta, wasn’t his first creepy moment of the night.
Eddie Redmayne. He could barely contain himself after winning Best Actor. It was kind of adorable.