Ellen Oscar Selfie Officially Most Retweeted Photo Ever, 2.5 Million and Counting


Last night, thanks to a little star-studded tweeting, Ellen DeGeneres managed to break Twitter with a selfie… a selfie that has gone on to break the previous photo retweet record three times over, proving once and for all that all you need for a good photo these days is a smartphone and some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

Pardon me, did I say good? I meant popular.

However you feel about the photo itself — it came out a tad blurry in places but Kevin Spacey’s perfect timing and placement save it — you have to give Ellen props for this one. Not only did she break the retweet record and immediately convince hundreds of thousands of young people to pick up a Samsung smartphone, she also momentarily broke Twitter.

Before her Oscar selfie won the crown, the most retweeted photo of all time was a photo of President Obama embracing the first lady after winning a second term in the White House. That photo, a clean image that captures an important political moment, has just shy of 800,000 retweets.

But who needs politics when you have celebrities, right? Well, we’ll let you make that call. Let us know what you think of the most retweeted photo ever in the comments down below, and keep an eye on the embedded tweet above to see the retweets keep coming. With all the media attention it’s been getting, we wouldn’t be surprised if it breaks 3 million by the end of the day.

Image credits: Photograph by Ellen DeGeneres

  • troglodyte

    Yawn. Wow, too bad we don’t have MORE photos of celebrities. What a calamity.

  • Jimmy Fartpants

    Frank Underwood looks really happy to be in the back row.

  • Jimmy Fartpants

    The point went way over your head, i’m afraid. This right here will be seen as a very culturally significant photo over the next decades.

    A “selfie” taken by a celebrity, with other celebrities, on a live TV show watched by the entire world, is then live Tweeted on-air, then re-tweeted millions of times.

    There is just so much to say here about modern technology, communication, celebrity culture, and social media in the current day & age.

  • RF

    These people are talented and highly accomplished participants of their chosen craft, Acting, comedy, etc. Not mear celebrities.

  • greenarcher02

    And too bad Jared Leto’s face isn’t completely in frame.

  • Haley Brown

    I think it’s technically “Image credits: Photograph by Bradley Cooper.”

  • Ray

    Bradley should get photo credit. He actually took the picture.

  • Larissa

    I love that Lupita’s brother is at the front and she’s struggling at the back. This selfie truly is epic. Although is it really a selfie once there is more than just one person? Food for thought.

  • Jake

    “This right here will be seen as a very culturally significant photo over the next decades.”

    This is why American culture is really lame.

  • Andrew Kandel

    Angelina must have an unconscious reflex to shield her face when a camera is nearby.

  • troglodyte

    Sorry that my point went way over your head. Enjoy your time dazzled by the celebrity media headlights. Pretty sure “the entire world” was not watching. The cultural significance if this photo still leaves me underwhelmed hours (HOURS!) after Twitter exploded. Thanks for your concern though.

  • Kynikos

    I don’t see much talent there.
    Certainly not Ellen DeGenerate.

  • Jimmy Fartpants

    Not just American culture. Human culture.
    Tabloid, celebrity fascination is far from a uniquely American trait.

  • Jimmy Fartpants

    Why is she a degenerate?

  • 423423432

    shows that you don´t have to be depressed or sad when your half-sister is making suicide…..

  • arkhunter

    Just shows you fake is better than real, not that politics are real either. They just actually affect us.

  • Mike

    Meh. Not best photo ever. #lrn2shoot

  • Fed Up with weirdos like you

    The Oscars… the ‘Star Wars Bar Scene’…they parade these ‘people’ out there and expect us to care….

  • the jay

    it’s an USie

  • guest

    she was actually waving at the camera when it happened

  • bbear

    Well I retweeted it. I HAD TO PLAY MY PART!!!

  • Larissa

    It’s a group selfie= groupie. damn it, name already taken.

  • OtterMatt

    Ellen makes me laugh. Obama makes me pissed off. If I used Twitter, I’d rather use it to publicize Ellen’s comic selfie than much of anything else.

  • Don Tusk

    meanwhile in Ukraine…

  • Broseph of Arimathea

    That’s me, on the edge of the frame.

  • JoanieGranola

    That’s a callous comment. You need to understand that not only does everyone grieve differently, but one has to get on with one’s life. Who’s to say she didn’t go home and mourn the loss of her sister?

  • Glen Berry

    Why are you calling this Ellen’s selfie, when Bradley Cooper took the photo?!

    Also, is the Obama image really a selfie? Was it taken by either Barack or Michelle, using a timer or some hidden remote control? If not, it isn’t a selfie.


    What an amazingly unimpressive post.
    A bunch of “look-at-me” types (you know, the ones who play make-believe in front of a camera) at a self congratulatory televised group meeting being pompous prats.
    Yep, brilliant post.

  • Chris Pickrell

    Blah, blah, blah I dislike celebrities,blah, blah, blah people don’t care about important topics anymore, blah, blah, blah, people are going to buy a smartphone now.

    Did I understand your point?

    Because that’s how it read. Someone complaining about how popular celebrities are. And then throw in the fact that the Obama photo (which let’s face it, if it were any other person, that would just be a normal photo and nothing special) is more important, and it just sounds like a whine fest from someone who dislikes fame. Also, not to sound cynical, Obama was not the first American president. Nor is his re-election anymore important than any other former president’s. It happens every four years. It will happen again here soon. How is his any more special than any other president in America? Oh, it isn’t.

    Also, I worked as a photojournalist for a short time. Yes, the moment between the Obama’s is a moment, but put anyone else in that photo, and it’s just a run of the mill, boring snapshot.

    Although, is that really a celebrity’s fault? Or is it the people who follow, worship and retweet them?

    Also, fyi, according to the definition of celebrity, Obama is in fact a celebrity.

    PS. I would have typed this response on my Note 3 I got last October. But the comment section doesn’t work well on a mobile phone. It probably would have been worse on my iPhone 4 though.

    I guess I don’t understand why some too cool, hipster writer who’s above the whole fame and celebrity life, felt the need to complain about it, when there are SO many important political things you could have been talking about.

  • Chris Pickrell

    No it won’t, it will be forgotten. Like every other photo on the web because there are millions of photos out there. We can’t remember them all now. We live in a time of mass information. This is no no Yoko and John on Rolling Stone, this is no son saluting his father, the President who was assassinated. This is a photo of a bunch of people hamming it up for the camera pretending to be normal when really they were just doing some product placement.

    It’s a forgettable photo, plain and simple.

    Name one photo from an award ceremony that was iconic. Because if there is one, it wasn’t a selfie for a smartphone.

  • Thomas Olsson

    What are they looking at?

  • lamazn

    i came here only to see bad comments >:-)


    Their ego’s.

  • Eldub

    Aactually, the photo is by Bradley Cooper….

  • John Mason

    And technically he has the copyright, if anyone wants to use it :) Might be interesting if he ever wants to make a few extra bucks.

  • The Seasoned Avenger

    “Native advertising” worked to perfection.
    Samsung paid to make it happen as part of their $20+ million dollar Oscar ad contract, and Disney made sure they got their money’s worth. A simple business transaction, planned in advance. Google it for details.

  • TruthHurts

    “all you need for a good photo these days is a smartphone and some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.” and Jennifer Lawrence’s chesticles!