Oscar tweet breaks record

Posted on March 5, 2014


A picture taken at the Oscars by host Ellen DeGeneres has become the most retweeted photograph in history.

Taken during the broadcast for the 86th Academy Awards, the photo quickly beat the previous record holder – a picture of Barack and Michelle Obama following the US President’s re-election in 2012. DeGeneres’ tweet – which was not technically a ‘selfie’ owing to the fact that actor Bradley Cooper took it – surpassed Obama’s within an hour.

The photo, which was taken on a smartphone, contained many famous Hollywood stars crowding around with the host in the middle. Along with DeGeneres and Cooper, the other people captured were Jared Leto, Channing Tatum, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey, Angeline Jolie, her husband Brad Pitt, best supporting actress winner Lupita Nyong’o and her brother Peter.

Actress Liza Minnelli tried to get in the picture too, but was obscured by the large group already in the frame.

DeGeneres, who was hosting for only the second time, had asked those watching the awards show to help make the tweet the most retweeted in history and the audience responded in kind. They managed to push the picture past one million retweets from users’ news feeds within the first hour, with an additional 450,000 favourites. Twitter was even temporarily brought down by the unusually heavy website traffic. At the time of writing, DeGeneres’ picture has been retweeted by 3,103,950 users and favourited by 1,695,306.

The host was tweeting throughout the ceremony, with more pictures expected to follow.

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