It’s the Oscars, and it’s 2014, so this happened. Host Ellen DeGeneres took a selfie with too many stars to count—hey, Brad Pitt! Julia Roberts! Best actor in a supporting role Jared Leto! Best actress in a supporting role Lupita Nyong’o!—and asked Twitter to turn it into the most retweeted tweet in tweet history.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014
That was a tall order. She had none other than President Obama to beat.
Obama’s four more years tweet retweeted 778k times, the most ever. Ellen’s is at 152k so far…
— Ethan Klapper (@ethanklapper) March 3, 2014
But she did it: In just 35 minutes, she hit 800,000 retweets. By 10:50pm ET, she had 1 million.
There was so much buzz, Twitter went down briefly.
— Casey McDermott (@caseymcdermott) March 3, 2014
— Lia Haberman (@liahaberman) March 3, 2014
Look at this fun and spontaneous Samsung product placement pic.twitter.com/BVjpZzNGBR
— Ryan Broderick (@ryanpbroderick) March 3, 2014
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) March 3, 2014
Photo via Chris Geidner