Madonna’s Golden Globe miffs Elton John
WITH BILL ZWECKER January 16, 2012 8:26PM
Sir Elton John (left) and David Furnish arrive on the red carpet for the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, January 15, 2012. | Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images
Updated: February 18, 2012 8:14AM
There was plenty of drama at the post-awards parties for the Golden Globes. While Madonna publicly laughed it off, it’s clear Elton John and his spouse David Furnish were furious about the Material Mom beating out Sir Elton for best film song on Sunday.
Furnish posted an angry note on Facebook (“Madonna. Best Song? F--- off!”) and the two men continued to harp at post-Globes parties about both the award and Madonna’s acceptance speech, which they called self-indulgent.
John was especially angry Madonna admitted that the song was very much an afterthought, added only after the movie was basically finished.
The two superstars have long had a testy relationship. The feud started years ago, when John snipped about Madonna being merely a “lip-syncher.”
Backstage Sunday, Madonna told the press she hopes John “speaks to me for the next couple of years. He’s been known to get mad at me, so I don’t know. He’s brilliant, and I adore him, so he’ll win another award. I don’t feel bad.”
However, I’m hearing her private comments — after she read Furnish’s remarks on Facebook — were far less gracious.
In addition, she is irked by John and Furnish constantly dissing her “fake British accent” and also is unhappy about their unflattering digs at her “W.E.” film about the Wallis Simpson-Edward VIII romance.
One has to remember John and Furnish are very close to the British royal family, who, of course, long have been traumatized by the big abdication crisis in 1936 that threatened the future of the monarchy.
† On a happier note, Kelsey Grammer understandably seemed more excited about new wife Kayte expecting twins than winning the Golden Globe for the Chicago-made “Boss.”
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O’Donnell is going even further — promising to attend a Friday screening of the movie in Chicago at the Gene Siskel Film Center.
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