Ellen DeGeneres did just what she intended to do while hosting the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday night: She sent Twitter into a tailspin. The host had just mentioned that Meryl Streep had broken the record for the most nominations at the Oscars. But DeGeneres was hoping to grab some recognition for herself by snagging the most retweets for a photograph. Thanks to some A-list celebrities, the funny lady got what she wanted: Twitter suddenly went kaput after she posted an extra-special selfie to her Twitter account. In the pic, some of the most important celebrities from 2013’s most nominated movies are bunched together for a selfie with the daytime host.
For the rare few who might not be aware: When someone takes a picture of him or herself, it's known as a "selfie." However, a selfie can also be taken with other people. That’s what happened at the 86th Academy Awards, and it’s safe to say that it was the first time it’s ever been done at a major entertainment event.
Right after DeGeneres posted the picture to the social media site, so many people went to go check out the photo that Twitter wasn’t able to handle all the traffic. The site crashed. Nearly an hour later, more than 1.5 million (yes, million) people retweeted the photo and nearly 900,000 more favorited the picture.
Way to go DeGeneres -- it’s safe to say you broke Twitter for a little while. Who else can say they got Jennifer Lawrence, Jared Leto, Meryl Streep, Channing Tatum, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Lupito Nyong’o and her brother Peter, Julia Roberts and Bradley Cooper all to pose for a photo together? Anyone hear crickets? Yeah, that’s what we thought.
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