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Elton John Tells Mark Ronson 'I Bet My House You'll Win an Oscar' For 'Shallow'

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Elton John performs on Jan. 18, 2019.

Elton John is so confident in Mark Ronson and Lady Gaga's chances at the Academy Awards that he's willing to hand over the deed to his home if they don't win a little gold statuette on Feb. 24.

In the most recent episode of John's Rocket Hour radio show on Beats 1, Sir Elton gushed about Ronson's collaboration with Gaga for A Star Is Born, and expressed how sure he was that they'd add to their collection of awards for the track.

("Shallow" has already nabbed Golden Globe and Critic's Choice awards for best song, and is nominated for best original song at the Academy Awards.)

"I’ll bet my house you’re gonna win an Oscar," he told Ronson via FaceTime. "I don’t want to jinx it, but I guarantee you, you’re gonna win an Oscar."

Ronson, who took the call while finishing up working on his collaboration with Alicia Keys in her studio, thanked John fo the compliment and vote of confidence. He also spoke of the special connection John and Gaga have -- Gaga is godmother to John and David Furnish's two sons -- and recalled how badly he wanted John's approval of the material he and Gaga were working on back when they were recording Joanne, which he produced.

"I know when Gaga first went to play you the early demos of Joanne and 'Million Reasons,' it was really important to me, knowing the kind of record that we were making," he said.

"I was very much like, ‘Did Elton like it?! What did he say?!’ We weren’t going to throw it out if you said no, but it was important... I knew that if anyone would get it, hopefully, from her world and people really close to her, it was you.”

Gaga and Bradley Cooper are set to perform "Shallow" during the broadcast of the 91st annual Academy Awards, which will take place on Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. EST.

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