Madonna on Elton John's Fury Over Golden Globe Win: 'I Don't Feel Bad'
Madonna said she "doesn't feel bad" about taking home the Golden Globe for Best Original Song, despite getting the public wrath of Elton John's camp over losing to her.
"I hope he speaks to me," Madonna told ABC News 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 reportedly 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 during the awards show.
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 speech was embarrassing in it's narcissism."
He went on to say that Madonna's recent critisism of Lady Gaga "shows how desperate she really is."
"It felt reductive," The Material Girl replied. "When I heard it on the radio …I said that sounds very familiar," she said.
In her remarks at last night's Golden Globes, Madonna explained how she hadn't originally planned to write a song for "W.E.," but said 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 "W.E.," a film 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 several 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.