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DeGeneres' Oscar selfie tweet captures retweet crown

A star-studded tweet by the Oscars host quickly blows past President Obama's re-election tweet from 2012.

Ellen DeGeneres' record-setting Oscar selfie.
Ellen DeGeneres/Twitter

And the Oscar for the best selfie goes to Ellen DeGeneres.

The host of Sunday night's Academy Awards ceremony nabbed the title after challenging viewers to set a record by retweeting a photo she was about to tweet from the front row of the awards show. The photo, which was snapped by actor Bradley Cooper and included fellow nominees Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong'o, and Jennifer Lawrence among others, captured more than 4,000 retweets in just a few seconds.

It took DeGeneres' tweet about 45 minutes to surpass the previous photo retweet record holder, President Obama's "Four more years" tweet posted after the president won re-election in 2012. That tweet, which featured an image of the president hugging First Lady Michelle Obama, has been retweeted more than 780,000 times and favorite 295,000 times in about 15 months.

As impressive as that is, DeGeneres' tweet had surpassed 2 million retweets and 900,000 favorites in just two and a half hours. Not long after DeGeneres issued her challenge, the microblogging platform's performance became sluggish, with some users getting an error message informing them that "something is technically wrong."

How high will DeGeneres' retweet numbers go? That depends on Twitter users -- and apparently the length of Cooper's arm.