Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscars selfie caused Twitter to crash after the star-studded photo gathered over two million retweets and broke the record held by Barack Obama’s victory picture. During the show, the host expressed her intention of setting a new retweet record and gathering A-listers for a memorable photo helped her to achieve the goal before the Oscars telecast was over. DeGeneres broke the retweet counter, which didn’t have enough space for the impressive number of zeros and helped the Oscars take credit not only for making history, but also for disrupting Twitter for over 20 minutes after 10 p.m. ET.
The Oscars 2014 host might not have been the most entertaining in the history of the Academy Awards, according to some, but she did set a record; Ellen DeGeneres’s Oscars selfie caused Twitter to crash with the help of almost the entire first row, namely Jennifer Lawrence, Jared Leto, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Kevin Spacey, Julia Roberts, Channing Tatum, Meryl Streep, Lupita Nyong’O, her brother Peter and Bradley Cooper, whose arm was not long enough to catch the entire army of A-listers, according to the photo’s capture. The selfie gathered 80,000 retweets in three minutes and jumped over one million in less than 60 minutes, helping DeGeneres to beat Barack Obama’s election win photo and set a new record for the most retweeted image ever.
“We crashed Twitter,” the host said during the show.
The Academy took credit for Twitter’s technical glitch which left users unable to use the service for over 20 minutes and DeGeneres announced to the crowd present at the Oscars that Twitter sent her an email which confirmed that her selfie caused the outage.
The selfie, which made history, was intended to immortalize Liza Minnelli as well, but because of her petite stature, she didn’t get into the picture. Although she was invited to smile for the camera along with the other A-listers, Minnelli found herself shut out of the selfie moment caught by Harry Clayton-Wright.
“Poor Liza,” Clayton-Wright tweeted. “It’s just not her night.”
Long before midnight, Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscars selfie that gathered the creme de la creme caused Twitter to crash because of the amount of retweets. The service issued an apology after the most retweeted picture ever blocked users from using Twitter, but the host of the Academy Awards could not be happier that her intention to make the selfie the most retweeted picture ever materialized.
During the ceremony, DeGeneres headed into the audience and whipped out her Samsung smartphone, passing it to Bradley Cooper and gathering almost the entire front row to join her in what became the most epic selfie of all times, surpassing Barack Obama’s touching picture with wife Michelle, which gathered over 700,000 retweets.
The picture, which shows smiling faces of the most beloved actors, skyrocketed immediately after it was posted on Twitter and voices say that, should Twitter have not crashed, it would have gathered an even more impressive number of retweets. The Academy Awards 2014 represented a night of surprises not only thanks to the winners who did or did not expect to go home with the statuette, but also because Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscars selfie caused Twitter to crash and became the most retweeted picture ever.
By Gabriela Motroc