Ellen DeGeneres' Oscar 'selfie': The 10 most retweeted messages ever

The television host then posted it to Twitter and it quickly became the most retweeted Tweet ever - racing to 750,000 in just half an hour

'12 Years a Slave' may have won the big prize at last night's Oscars, but it was a tweet by TV host Ellen DeGeneres which made history.

During the prestigious ceremony, the chat show host took the ultimate selfie with the help of actors Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Kevin Spacey, among others.

The host then posted it to Twitter and it quickly became the most retweeted tweet ever - racing past 750,000 in just half an hour.

It quickly smashed the previous record set by Barack Obama's Twitter account which tweeted a picture of the President and First Lady with the caption 'Four more years' the night he won re-election.

The superstar-selfie now had received 2,424,170 retweets by Monday morning - and counting.

Here are the top ten most retweeted tweets of all time:

1) From left to right: Jared Leto (just seen), Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ellen DeGeneres, Kevin Spacey, Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong'o and her brother and Angelina Jolie.

2) The previous record-breaking tweet was posted the night Barack Obama won his second term in office.

3) Actress Lea Michele thanks her fans for their support after the death of her boyfriend and fellow Glee actor Cory Monteith.

4) Justin Bieber breaks his silence following his arrest for driving under the influence of drink or drugs and resisting arrest in January.

5) Niall Horan posted this prophetic tweet before his stint on the 'X Factor', where he joined band One Direction. The group have countless number one singles and albums around the world.

6) One Direction member Louis Tomlinson has 15.6m followers - thousands of which will retweet literally anything the bandmates say.

7) Fellow One Direction member Harry Styles has 19.6m followers - and he doesn't have to say anything Earth-shattering to pull in thousands of retweets.

8) Zayn Malik, who has 12.1m followers tweeted a picture of his bandmate Harry Styles asleep.

9) The death of James Avery, who played Uncle Phil in the TV show 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air', was mourned on the social networking site. Leonardo DiCaprio was among the most high-profile stars who marked his passing.

10) American singer Ariana Grande makes a fan's dream come true.