The best and most popular memes from the 2021 Oscars

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The best and most popular memes from the 2021 Oscars
Daniel Kaluuya and Glenn Close sparked some of the most memeable moments from the 2021 Oscars.Todd Wawrychuk/A.M.P.A.S. via Getty Images; ABC/AMPAS/Getty
  • The 93rd annual Academy Awards took place in Los Angeles on Sunday night.
  • While the event looked a bit different than usual, the memes were just as good as other years.
  • Moments featuring Daniel Kaluuya and Glenn Close, among others, made waves online.

Memes and social-media chatter are a crucial part of any major entertainment event, and the 93rd annual Academy Awards, held at Union Station and the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday night, were no different.

Miraculously held in-person with some nominees tuning in from around the world, the event honored 2020 in film, featuring some adjustments made for the COVID-19 era. A much more limited guest list and other protections fostered a different vibe than previous years, as The Los Angeles Times reported.

While 2020's memes were difficult to top - it gave us "Parasite" director Bong Joon-ho making his Oscars kiss, for one - there were still plenty of meme-able moments from 2021's ceremony.

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These were the best and funniest memes to come from the 2021 Oscars.

Daniel Kaluuya referenced his parents having sex

In his acceptance speech after winning the best supporting actor award for his role in "Judas and the Black Messiah," actor Daniel Kaluuya began by thanking God. He ended by thanking his parents for having sex.

"My mom, my dad - they had sex. It's amazing! I'm here!" he said during the speech.

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Kaluuya's mother and sister were notably tuning in from the Oscars' London location. Their reactions were captured on-camera and instantly became a hit online.

Glenn Close danced to 'Da Butt'

In one of the most memorable moments of the evening, Glenn Close, nominated for best-supporting actress for her performance in "Hillbilly Elegy," danced to E.U.'s 1988 single "Da Butt," which was featured in Spike Lee's film "School Daze."

The moment, which The Los Angeles Times reported was scripted for laughs, was part of a segment in which Lil Rel quizzed audience members on songs that had appeared in movies. Close's moment clearly played out well on social media, as users made memes and shared videos of the 74-year-old actress shaking her butt.

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'Supernatural' actor Misha Collins made a surprise appearance

Misha Collins, who played Castiel on the massively popular CW series "Supernatural," made a surprise appearance on viewers' screens despite not being nominated for any awards. Entertainment Weekly reported that he was attending in support of his longtime friend Darius Marder, who directed "Sound of Metal."

Collins has a fairly well-known face on the internet. Outside of being a star of "Supernatural," he was also the focus of the "Mishapocalypse" Tumblr meme, in which users flooded the platform with a photo of Collins on April 1, 2013. This time, people were quick to comment on his appearance at the Oscars.

A win for 'My Octopus Teacher' became an online joke

"My Octopus Teacher," the story of a human and octopus forming a bond in an underwater kelp forest, took home the best feature-length documentary prize on Sunday. Twitter users had plenty to say about the win and its accompanying acceptance speech, in which directors Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed did not give thanks to the titular octopus.

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