'Rocketman' Tune Scores Elton John His Second Best Original Song Oscar

Bernie Taupin, who penned the lyrics for "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again," is a first-time Oscar winner.

Nearly 25 years after he first won the best original song Oscar for The Lion King's "Can You Feel The Love Tonight?" Elton John is victorious in the category again — this time at the 2020 Oscars on Sunday for "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again," a tune from his very own biopic, Rocketman.

John wrote the song with his longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin and performed it with Rocketman's lead actor Taron Egerton.

"Wow, this doesn't suck!" said Taupin upon taking the stage. "Being here with this guy, I don't have words for it. This is just justification for 53 years of just hammering out and doing what we do."

John thanked Taupin for being "the constant thing" in his life: "He's always been there for me."

"This is for him. This is for my partner of 53 years," John continued backstage. "Without the lyrics, I'm nobody. This is the man who started the journey. I have one of these [Oscar statuettes] already, but I so wanted to get one for everyone involved with the film."

Like John, Taupin is depicted throughout Rocketman, and, according to the lyricist, "what you see in the film is what you get."

"The basic underlying storyline in the movie is the real thing, even though there’s fantasy elements in it," Taupin explained backstage. "It’s like a marriage, it really is. And one of the things that makes it work is being different. Having different lives. But we always come back together for the music.”

"(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" beat out fellow contenders "I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away" from Toy Story 4; "Into the Unknown" from Frozen II; "I'm Standing With You" from Breakthrough; and "Stand Up" from Harriet — the latter of which, if it had won, would have made Cynthia Erivo the youngest person to ever achieve EGOT status.

"(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" also was named best song at this year's Critics' Choice Awards and Golden Globes. However, neither Rocketman itself nor Egerton were able to land Oscar nominations.

The 92nd annual Academy Awards, hostless for the second year in a row, aired live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center.