BEVERLY HILLS (CBSLA.com) — The adjectives are already being tossed around. Jodie Foster’s Golden Globe speech was all things to all people. Depending on who’s doing the talking, the speech has been called remarkable, touching, candid, vague, forthcoming, strange, meandering, moving … the stream of consciousness speech has Hollywood all abuzz.
On Twitter, Rosie O’Donnell called Foster’s speech: “Rather amazing.” Emmy Rossum said, “Incredible speaker. So moving.” Jane Fonda called it “mysterious.” The speech has also been termed rambling, breathless, thought-provoking.
Foster accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 70th Annual Golden Globes Sunday evening and she was more than ready for her close-up.
The fiercely private Foster not only appeared to come out — thanking her former lover and co-parent, Cydney Bernard — she joked about finally acknowledging something to the audience she never discussed and something she was “a little nervous about.”
“I am single,” she said teasingly to much laughter and applause.
Foster — an Academy award-winning actress, as well as acclaimed director and producer — talked about being 50, her long career (started as a child performer) as well as hinting that she might retire from being in front of the camera.
Backstage, she made it clear that she was going to continue to act — that her remarks were taken out of context.
She also gave a discourse of sorts on the subject of privacy. “I’m told that every celebrity is expected to honor the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance and a prime time reality show.” She went on to quip, that “I’m not Honey Boo Boo Child.”
And after saying how she still treasured her privacy, she went on to thank her former partner calling her “one of the deepest loves of my life, my heroic co-parent, my ex partner in love but righteous soul sister in life, my confessor, ski buddy, consigliere, most beloved BFF of 20 years, Cydney Bernard. Thank you, Cyd. I am so proud of our modern family. Our amazing sons, Charlie and Kit, who are my reason to breathe and to evolve, my blood and soul.”
Foster also teared up when praising her 84-year-old mother, who suffers from dementia. “I love you, I love you, I love you and I hope if I say this three times, it will magically and perfectly enter into your soul, fill you with grace and the joy of knowing that you did good in this life. You’re a great mom. Please take that with you when you’re finally able to go.”
Foster joins esteemed company in winning the DeMille award. Morgan Freeman received it last year. Past recipients include Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, Al Pacino, Steven Spielberg, Judy Garland, Harrison Ford, Walt Disney and Frank Sinatra.