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

She did it!


Cooper Fleishman


Published Mar 3, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 4:50 pm CDT

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.

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If only Bradley’s arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars pic.twitter.com/C9U5NOtGap

— 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.

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There was so much buzz, Twitter went down briefly.


They’re just like us! RT @TheEllenShow If only Bradley’s arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars pic.twitter.com/y0hDaaP7xA

— Casey McDermott (@caseymcdermott) March 3, 2014

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YES RT @llnmn: @liahaberman, our social media editor, is freaking out right now – #selfieolympics have just been won pic.twitter.com/lTdbLQD67n

— 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

Everything. #Oscar2014 #Oscars pic.twitter.com/sAiKKGHQhA

— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) March 3, 2014

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Photo via Chris Geidner

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