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Ellen DeGeneres wins best selfie, with 1.9m retweets

PUBLISHED : Monday, 03 March, 2014, 8:49pm
UPDATED : Monday, 03 March, 2014, 8:49pm

Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres shattered a record on Twitter after the selfie photograph she took with Hollywood stars at the Academy Awards became the most retweeted message ever.

"We crashed and broke Twitter. We have made history," she told the audience, when her picture went viral with more than 1.9 million retweets so far and the number rising fast.

She dwarfed the previous record-holder, President Barack Obama, whose post about securing "four more years" in the White House in November 2012 earned 800,000 retweets.

"See, Meryl, what we did, you and I?" she boasted, referring to multiple Oscar-winner Meryl Streep, who crowded in next to a grinning DeGeneres in the photo.

DeGeneres, who joked with A-listers during the show, corralled a crowd of A-list stars including Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence. "You get in here, too, Julia. Lean in," she said to Julia Roberts. Eventually the group grew so big that Bradley Cooper kneeled in front of DeGeneres and took the photo with her smartphone.

The full line-up was: (front row from left) Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Ellen DeGeneres, Bradley Cooper, Peter Nyong'o Jnr; (second row) Channing Tatum, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong'o and Angelina Jolie.

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