Ellen’s Oscar selfie breaks Twitter record

Posted at 8:29 AM, Mar 03, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-03 08:29:50-05

(CNN) – Barack Obama, move aside — you’re now second to Ellen DeGeneres.

During Sunday’s show, the comedian and Oscar host went into the audience to shoot a selfie featuring some of her famous friends.

The resulting picture included DeGeneres, Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Lupita Nyong’o and her brother Junior, Meryl Streep, Bradley Cooper and Jared Leto’s eye. (Cooper took the picture.)

The 2012 photo of Barack and Michelle Obama was retweeted more than 778,000 times.

The Oscar picture had exceeded 2 million before 1 a.m. ET Monday — and put a strain on the social media service for a short time.

The motion picture academy apologized for the traffic jam — though its apology was retweeted “only” about 4,000 times.