The true story behind the Ellen Oscars selfie.

DeGeneres agreed to part ways with her iPhone for the evening and picked up a new Samsung phone which she chose from a tray of options sent to her dressing room.

On the big night, everything was set in place as show producers, the Twitter team and Samsung all held their breath — would the stunt work? In the first instance, DeGeneres turned to the audience from her place on stage to take a selfie of the entire audience. It was a cute moment that garnered some traction on Twitter with a few thousand retweets. 

Then came the moment. 

DeGeneres made her way down to take a selfie with Meryl Streep — the pic that everyone was hedging their bets on. But boy oh boy did it deliver so much more than they bargained for.

As DeGeneres cosied up to Streep, she was (genuinely) overcome, as a bunch of celebs flocked to jump in the picture with her. This was not what she rehearsed.

In rolled Jennifer Lawrence, then Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Lupita Nyong’o, Julia Roberts, Jared Leto and Kevin Spacey.