Shortly before pulling in a passel of A-list stars for a cell-phone pic at the Academy Awards, host Ellen DeGeneres made an offhand remark about having the most-retweeted post ever.
Mission accomplished. Shortly after she posted the picture at 10:05 p.m. ET Sunday (March 2), Twitter crashed. The service experienced intermittent outages for about 20 minutes following her post. Before an hour was up, though, more than 867,000 people had retweeted it — breaking the previous record held by @BarackObama on Election Day 2012.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014
For the record, the photo features, from left, part of Jared Leto’s face, Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, DeGeneres, Kevin Spacey, Bradley Cooper — he’s holding the phone — Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o, Nyong’o’s brother, Peter and Angelina Jolie.