Feuding Elton John and Madonna won’t face-off at Oscars

After competing at Golden Globes, neither star nominated for best original song

Feuding Elton John and Madonna won’t face-off at Oscars
24 January 2012

There will not be a sequel to the Golden Globes war of words between Elton John and Madonna at this year's Academy Awards.

Neither superstar made the final cut when the nominations for best original song were announced Tuesday (24 January) morning.

Madonna, who had won the Globe for her ballad Masterpiece from the film W.E., was not eligible because the song is played too far back in the closing credits.

Among Madonna's competition at the Globes was John's song Hello, Hello from the animated feature Gnomeo and Juliet.

But John was eligible for a song category that, it turns out, only has two nominees: Man or Muppet from The Muppets by Bret McKenzie and Real in Rio from Rio by  Sergio Mendes, Carlinhos Brown and Siedah Garrett.

John sparked the feud before the Globes began when he was asked by a television interviewer to handicap the field: ‘Mary J [Blige] might win it for “The Help”. Madonna doesn’t have a [expletive] chance.’

After Madonna was announced as the winner, John's husband David Furnish wrote on Facebook: “Madonna. Best song???? F— off!!!”

He then added: '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.'

Several days later, Furnish apologized for the rant with another Facebook posting: 'My passion for our film Gnomeo & Juliet and belief in Elton's song really got my emotional juices going. But I must say for the record that I do believe Madonna is a great artist, and that Elton and I wish her all the best for next week's premiere of the film WE.'

At last night's premiere of the film in New York City, Madonna was asked about the feud.

'You know what, honestly, I was oblivious to it all,' she told ExtraTV.com. 'It was brought to my attention afterwards and I don't… I just keep going and don't pay no mind to things like that.'

The Golden Globes may serve as a fairly accurate barometer for Academy Award nominations in acting categories but not so much for music in recent years.

Last year's Globe winner, Diane Warren, was also snubbed by the Academy. She had won the prize for the power ballad You Haven't Seen the Last of Me, performed by Cher in Burlesque, but was not nominated for an Oscar.

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