This year’s Oscar ceremony gave us a couple of pretty pleasant surprises, but the winner in the best original song category was quite predictable from the very start. Elton John and Bernie Taupin took home the Academy Award for their work on “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from Rocketman.
John and Taupin replicated their success from the Golden Globes, where they won the award in this same category and said this was the first time they ever won anything together. Their collaboration spans many decades, and John took a moment to thank Taupin for always being by his side.
“Thank you to Bernie, who has been the constant thing in my life. When I was screwed up, when I was normal, you’ve always been there for me,” said the British superstar in his Oscar speech, while also thanking his husband David Furnish.
This is Elton John’s first Oscar win in 25 years — he won an award in the same category for the timeless The Lion King tune “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” alongside Tim Rice.