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“Rocketman” has seemed destined for awards love since “Bohemian Rhapsody” won four Academy Awards in February, and it ticked another box on the Oscars checklist this weekend.
There were no empty seats at Saturday’s first Academy screening, and sources say Dexter Fletcher’s Elton John musical biopic received the first Oscar-voter seal of approval when Taron Egerton, the film’s star, earned a standing ovation when he appeared for a post-screening Q&A.
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Similar to the oft-reported lengths of standing ovations at the Cannes Film Festival (among others), it’s not surprising that Egerton garnered the ovation so much as it would have been a red flag had the response been more muted. Still, “Rocketman” has met or exceeded every requirement for an awards frontrunner so far, including the extra bit of love shown by Academy voters this weekend.
For one, it’s Fletcher’s follow-up to “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which he stepped in to complete when the officially credited director, Bryan Singer, was fired. Though he received little official accolades for his work on the high-grossing, Oscar-winning Queen musical, the industry...
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