Eminem had a lot to celebrate at Sunday night’s 92nd annual Academy Awards. In addition to finally getting to perform his Oscar-winning 2003 song “Lose Yourself” for the first time on the broadcast after skipping out on the 2003 show, the MC also got to reunite with an old friend and fellow Oscar club member.
In a sweet backstage pic, Marshall is seen with his arm around Elton John, 72, who earlier in the night became the second-oldest winner in the history of the best original song category when he and long-time collaborate Bernie Taupin won for “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from Rocketman. “I got to see my Uncle Elton tonight at the Oscars,” wrote Eminem. “Congrats on your win too, sir!”
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) February 10, 2020
John and Taupin also won the Golden Globe for “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again.” John noted in his Globes acceptance speech that that marked the first major award they had won together. Incredibly, John and Taupin have shared just one Grammy nomination—best original score written for a motion picture or a television special for their score to the 1971 British film Friends. “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” was entered for best song written for visual media at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, but, true to form, was passed over for a nod.
Em shocked the room on Sunday with his unnanounced performance of the Oscar-winning pump-up song “Lose Yourself” from his film debut, 8 Mile. It had been 17 years since that unlikely win and 19 years after John and Mathers teamed up for a memorable performance of Em’s “Stan” at the 2001 Grammy Awards.