Elton John paid an emotional tribute to his husband David Furnish and their “beautiful boys” as he collected the Best Original Song Oscar for his tune (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again from Rocketman.
The music icon took the stage at Sunday’s awards show with his songwriting partner of more than 50 years, Bernie Taupin, to accept the prize – only their second together, following last month’s Golden Globes success.
“Well, this doesn’t suck,” Bernie joked while accepting the award.
Meanwhile, Elton held back tears as he opened up on what the award meant to him, thanking his writing partner “who has been the constant thing in my life,” as well as his family.
“David, I love you so much,” he said of his husband and Rocketman producer. “And to my beautiful boys, who are watching this in Sydney, Zachary and Elijah, how much do I love you? Daddy loves you.”
The Tiny Dancer singer also gave actor Taron Egerton, who portrayed the music legend in the biopic, a mention, gushing: “Taron, what a performance… Everybody involved in Rocketman.”
The victory came 15 years after the star nabbed his first Academy Award for Can You Feel the Love Tonight from The Lion King, with co-writer Tim Rice. Elton and Bernie, 69, beat out tracks from Breakthrough, Frozen 2, Harriet and Toy Story 4 for this year’s prize.
Earlier in the evening, Elton took to the Oscars stage to perform his winning song before heading to his annual post-Academy Awards AIDS fundraiser gala.