Ellen’s Oscar selfie is now the most popular tweet in history

She did it!


Cooper Fleishman


Published Mar 3, 2014   Updated Jan 27, 2021, 10:20 am CST

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.


That was a tall order. She had none other than President Obama to beat. 

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.


Photo via Chris Geidner

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*First Published: Mar 3, 2014, 12:37 am CST