Sir Elton John, 25 years after collecting his first Oscar, said Sunday evening he was happy to finally share an Academy Award with his longtime writing partner, Bernie Taupin.
John and Taupin won the original-song Academy Award for “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” which was featured in the biopic “Rocketman.” Taupin wrote the lyrics and John wrote the music.
“This is for him (Taupin). This is for my partner of 53 years,” John said backstage at the Dolby Theatre after winning the honor. “Without him, I wouldn’t be here. This is the man who started the journey and we’re still together after 53 years. I so wanted to get one for everybody involved in the film.”
John said he and collaborators had worked for about 12 years on making “Rocketman” come to fruition.
“I’m just so thrilled for him because I love him (Taupin) so much,” John said. “When you work on something for 12 years … it comes out the way you wanted it to, so this is an affirmation.”
“Rocketman” is a biopic of Elton John’s career, showing him as a shy piano prodigy who embarks on a career in music as Reginald Dwight, John’s birth name, and following his transformation into an international superstar.
“What you see in the film is what you get,” Taupin said. “I mean the basic whole underlying theme in that movie is the real thing, even though there are fantasy elements. It’s (about) love and trust and believing in the person you’re working with.”
It’s been a quarter-century since John won an Oscar. His last came in 1995 for “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from Disney’s original animated version of “The Lion King.” He shared that award with Tim Rice.
Speaking to reporters as he was leaving, John, who wore trademark tinted sunglasses and a dazzling purple jacket, said he had one last engagement to get to before the night ended. John has been holding a post-Oscar party to benefit his AIDS Foundation. It is traditionally one of the most star-studded post-Oscar galas.
“It will be one helluva party. I’ve got to get there soon,” John said.