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Behind the keys of a bright red piano, clad in a bright purple tuxedo with sequined lapels — with a rocket symbol pinned to the left lapel — legendary singer-songwriter Elton John performed his Academy Award-nominated song “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” on the Oscar stage on Sunday.
Just minutes later, he would take to the stage again to collect the statuette when it won for best original song.
John appeared after director Bong Joon Ho’s acceptance of his award for best international feature film. On the stage, two large red stars emulated John’s signature sunglasses often worn in performances of the past while pop-art style images were projected on the screen above.
In Rocketman, Taron Egerton plays the rock ‘n’ roll legend from his younger years growing up in England through his rise to worldwide stardom and later struggles with alcohol and drug abuse.
The film features a number of pop hits from John’s many albums, but “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” was written expressly for the movie. It was penned by John with Bernie Taupin, his lyricist and longtime friend with whom he has been working since 1967.
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” previously won best original song honors at the 2020 Golden Globes.
The 92nd annual Academy Awards took place at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood.
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