DeGeneres’ Oscars Selfie Crashes Twitter

LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — Ellen DeGeneres’ goal of setting a retweet record with her star-studded selfie was achieved before the Oscars telecast was even over.

During a comic bit, the Oscars host prevailed upon actor Bradley Cooper to take a picture with her and nine other stars crowding around, including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts,  Lupita Nyong’o, Channing Tatum, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Spacey, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.  And a bit of Jared Leto’s face.

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Long before midnight Sunday, the photo had been retweeted more than 2 million times, breaking a record set by President Barack Obama with the picture of him hugging First Lady Michelle Obama after his re-election in 2012.

Twitter also sent out an apology because all of the retweeting disrupted service for more than 20 minutes after 7 p.m.

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