(LOS ANGELES) — Madonna told ABC News she “doesn’t feel bad” about taking home the Golden Globe for Best Song, despite feeling the public wrath of Elton John’s camp over losing to her.
“I hope he speaks to me,” Madonna said backstage at last night’s Golden Globes. “He’s known to get mad at me, [but] he’ll win another award. I don’t feel bad.”
Elton John and his partner David Furnish were irate that Madonna’s song “Masterpiece” from her upcoming film, ”W.E.,” beat out John’s “Hello, Hello” from the animated feature ”Gnomeo and Juliet.” Cameras cut away from Madonna during her acceptance speech to show a stone-faced John.
Furnish took to his Facebook fan page, according to TMZ, and wrote: “Madonna. Best song???? F— off!!!”
“Madonna winning Best Original Song truly shows how these awards have nothing to do with merit,” Furnish continued writing on Facebook. ”Her acceptance speechwas embarrassing in it’s narcissism.”
He went on to say that Madonna’s recent critisism of Lady Gaga “shows how desperate she really is.”
In a recent interview with “Nightline,” Madonna was asked to compare Gaga’s “Born This Way” to Madonna’s 1989 smash hit “Express Yourself.” The Material Girl replied, “It felt reductive.” “When I heard it on the radio …I said that sounds very familiar,” she said.
In her remarks today, Madonna explained how she hadn’t originally planned to write a song for the film, but her manager, Guy Oseary, pressured her into it.
“He harangued me for the entire time I was filming and editing my movie to write a song. And I said, ‘Please, Guy, I’m trying to focus on being a director and I want people to be able to pay attention to the film. And I don’t have time.’ So then I finished the film and I started making my record and somehow magically and miraculously the song emerged, ‘Masterpiece,’ so thank you, Guy Oseary, for being so irritating.”
“Masterpiece” was a late addition to Madonna’s film, “W.E.,” about the love story between American divorcee Wallis Simpson and British King Edward VIII. So late in fact, it wasn’t included in the film when it was featured at the Toronto Film Festival back in September. While “W.E.” has already been ripped to shreds by critics, the film isn’t expected for wide release until February.
“Hello, Hello,” a project that was nine years in the making, is still expected to get an Oscar nod.
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Brett Crandall, BYU-Idaho Media Relations
Jeff Peterson, Deseret News