Madonna topped Elton John, Mary J. Blige and Chris Cornell for the Best Song award at the Golden Globes Sunday night with a win for "Masterpiece," from "W.E.," a film she also wrote and directed. She shared the award with co-writers Julie Frost and Jimmy Harry.
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.
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."
Best Original Song - Motion Picture
"Masterpiece" - W.E.
Music & Lyrics by: Madonna, Julie Frost, Jimmy Harry
"Hello Hello" - Gnomeo & Juliet
Music by: Elton John
Lyrics by: Bernie Taupin
"The Keeper" - Machine Gun Preacher
Music & Lyrics by: Chris Cornell
"Lay Your Head Down" - Albert Nobbs
Music by: Brian Byrne
Lyrics by: Glenn Close
"The Living Proof" - The Help
Music by: Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman, Harvey Mason Jr.
Lyrics by: Mary J. Blige, Harvey Mason Jr., Damon Thomas
Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Ludovic Bource, The Artist
Abel Korzeniowski, W.E.
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Howard Shore, Hugo
John Williams, War Horse