Sir Elton, along with his longtime musical collaborator and lyricist Bernie Taupin won the Oscar for ‘Best Original Song’ for ‘(I’m Gonna) Love me Again’ from the biopic Rocketman at the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony.
“Well this didn’t suck,” Elton joked. Bernie Taupin chimed in. “David Furnish your tenacity and dedication have driven this train all the way here. Being here with this guy [Elton], I don’t have words for it, this is justification of 53 years of hammering it out and doing what we do.”
Meanwhile, Elton kept his speech short, after thanking all the people involved with Rocketman and its star, Taron Egerton. “Thank you to Bernie that’s been the constant thing in my life, this is a dream for us.”
This is Elton’s second Oscar win, 25 years after he and Tim Rice won for ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight; from The Lion King in 1994 and the first time him and Taupin have shared an Academy Award. The duo also recently took home a Golden Globe for the Rocketman song, marking the first time the duo shared an award.
After performing his Oscar-winning tune, ‘(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again’, the pop icon jetted off to his annual viewing party that benefits the Elton John’s AIDS Foundation.
“We hate to snub the Governors Ball, but this is much more important,” John’s husband and Rocketman producer David Furnish told Entertainment Weekly. “And I’m sure the people at the academy understand that. We’ve lived symbiotically for 28 years, having our fundraiser on academy night, and we’re grateful for the profile they give us.”
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‘(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again’, won out over Diane Warren’s ‘I’m Standing With You’ from Breakthrough, Frozen 2’s ‘Into the Unknown’ by Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez, ‘Stand Up’ by Joshuah Brian Campbell and Cynthia Erivo for Harriet and Randy Newman’s ‘I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away’ from Toy Story 4.
The only star missing in the room was Taron Egerton, who played the titular star in the film.
“Taron finished his Rocketman journey at the BAFTAs,” Furnish said during a press preview on Thursday for the couple’s annual Oscars viewing party.
“Taron has worked so hard, right up until now, which we’re so grateful for,” Furnish told Entertainment Weekly. “He has more work to do, he’s had a raft of really fantastic offers. I think he’s earned his place to retire from the Rocketman promotional train. And he’s a lifelong friend now. The relationship he and Elton have is very profound and very deep, and our sons adore Taron. They haven’t seen the film – they’re not old enough – but Taron for them is very, very special.”