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Degeneres' star-studded selfie breaks Twitter record

Degeneres' star-studded selfie breaks Twitter record
Ellen DeGeneres takes a selfie for the ages from the front row during the 86th Academy Awards held at the Hollywood and Highland Cwenter in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on March 2, 2014. Not only has Ellen DeGeneres set the record for most retweeted tweet of all-time, but she's also the first user to top 1 million retweets for a single Twitter post. Surpassing 1,300,000 retweets in less than an hour, @TheEllenShow posted the record-breaker while hosting the Oscars tonight. The mega-selfie featured, among others, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey and Bradley Cooper, who snapped the shot. UPI/Instagram | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, March 3 (UPI) -- Academy Awards host Ellen DeGeneres set a Twitter record when her star-studded selfie taken at the ceremony was retweeted more than 2 million times.

DeGeneres tweeted the photo during Sunday night's ceremony and challenged viewers to help her set a record by retweeting the picture, which featured actor Bradley Cooper holding the camera pointed toward himself with stars including DeGeneres, Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Lawrence and Lupita Nyong'o in the background, CNet reported Monday.

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The previous record Twitter picture was a "Four more years" image posted by President Obama to celebrate his re-election victory in 2012. The picture was retweeted more than 78,000 time and favorited about 295,000 times in 15 months.

DeGeneres' photo was retweeted more than 2 million times and favorited more than 900,000 times just 2 1/2 hours.

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