Sunday, May 26, 2024

Elton John Is Effin’ Mad About Madonna Song Win


Elton John is not happy. Neither his partner, David Furnish. Right after the Golden Globes show last night Sir Elton told me in no uncertain terms that he was furious Madonna had won Best Song for “Masterpiece,” her last minute add on to the mostly panned “W.E.” Sir Elton was nominated for his song “Hello Hello,’ written for his film, “Gnomeo and Juliet.” The latter project took nine years and was warmly received when it was released. “W.E.” is kind of strange item in the movie world. And “Masterpiece” was only added to it at the last minute, well after the film was shown at the Toronto Film Festival.

Sir Elton did summon an expletive to describe his feelings–indeed, two, neither of which can be printed. I can’t say I blame him. The Globes do favor celebrity and aren’t above a little horse trading. Since our conversation, I’m told that there have been private Facebook postings by Mr. Furnish on this subject. Sore loser? I don’t think so. But “Hello Hello” will be an Oscar nominee for sure, and it has a good chance of winning. Sir Elton can take solace that “Gnomeo and Juliet” will last a lot longer in the culture than “W.E.” and give a lot more pleasure. That’s the lesson of the night.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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