Madonna Wins Best Song at Golden Globes, Jabs 'Girl' Ricky Gervais
"Masterpiece" from "W.E." beat out Elton John's "Hello Hello" (from "Gnomeo and Juliet") and Mary J. Blige's "The Living Proof" (from "The Help").
"Masterpiece," a ballad co-written and sung by Madonna for her new film W.E., earned the best original song Golden Globe at the glitz-filled awards gala on Sunday. It was the second Globe for the director-singer, who won for best actress in a comedy or musical in 1997 for Evita.
With her slight British inflection, Madonna made sure to thank her longtime manager, Guy Oseary, "for being so irritating." And studio boss Harvey Weinstein, whom she called "the punisher… for believing in my film. Thank you for my film."
Later, when introducing the best foreign language film, she had a poke at host Ricky Gervais (who joked she remains "just like a virgin").
"If I'm still just like a virgin, Ricky. Then why don't you come over here and do something about it," she said with a smile. "I haven't kissed a girl in a few years. On TV."
Madonna's "Masterpiece" is a moody ballad featuring a simplified production reminiscent of her sound in the 1990s, while the lyrics lean on the emotional side and tie into the film's love story. It was co-written by James Harry.
Starring James D'Arcy and Andrea Riseborough as King Edward VIII and his lover Wallis Simpson, W.E. tells the story of when the monarch abdicated his throne in 1936 to marry the twice-divorced American.
The song was not short-listed for the best original song Oscar and reviews for the film have been mixed. It beat out Elton John's "Hello Hello" (from Gnomeo and Juliet) and Mary J. Blige's "The Living Proof" (from The Help) to win the Globe.
In the original score category, Frenchman Ludovic Bource (The Artist) bested Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who were angling to repeat last year's win, for The Social Network, with David Fincher's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Reznor seemed to take the loss in stride, tweeting seconds after the envelope was opened, "HOLY SHI (oh, nevermind!)."
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THR's Shirley Halperin contributed to this story.