The most tear-jerking and moving Golden Globes speech of the night undoubtedly goes to actress Jodie Foster, who was being honored tonight with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. If you didn't see the speech firsthand, I'm sure you heard about it or will umpteen times over. Because whoah. (And can we talk about how this woman doesn't age, too?)
While Foster's speech came off a little odd and ranty in places, I think she really got to the heart of many amazingly private things (strangely, all while ranting about her right to privacy). It was definitely a hankie moment for me and several of the stars in the audience. Even Tina Fey and Amy Poehler closed the show saying, "Thank you very much. We're going home with Jodie Foster."
Things got a smidge weird right off the bat when Foster switched from thanking all the appropriate people to saying, "I'm single" after a bunch of teasery that she was going to "officially" come out. This comment made me squirm on my couch for her longtime partner and co-mom Cydney Bernard until I realized it was just an awkward joke setup ... with some good intentions behind it. Right? That's what it was?
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Because then Jodie said she was kidding about the single thing and shared, "I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago back in the Stone Age" and explained how she had actually come out more privately, "in those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends and family and co-workers and then gradually, proudly to everyone who knew her, to everyone she actually met." Yes, Jodie, yes!!! That's exactly how we hoped it was for you but never knew for sure.
Insert the angry rant about privacy ("Privacy. Some day, in the future, people will look back and remember how beautiful it once was") and fast forward a bit to some extraordinary and poignant words about her 47 years (!!!) of being an actor and making movies and about her family including Cydney and their two sons, Charlie, 14, and Kit, 11, who were sitting sweet and so grown up in the audience.
And just when we thought we knew where she was headed, another unexpected turn, as Foster thanked her mom Brandy Foster, her longtime manager who reportedly suffers from dementia, in the most private, heart-wrenching way, saying:
This brings me to the greatest influence of my life, my amazing mother, Evelyn. Mom, I know you’re inside those blue eyes somewhere and that there are so many things that you won’t understand tonight. But this is the only important one to take in: I love you, I love you, I love you. And I hope that 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 OK to go.
And then the beautiful grand finale, which hinted at more directing and perhaps a lot less or even no more acting:
I will continue to tell stories, to move people by being moved, the greatest job in the world. It’s just that from now on, I may be holding a different talking stick. And maybe it won’t be as sparkly, maybe it won’t open on 3,000 screens, maybe it will be so quiet and delicate that only dogs can hear it whistle. But it will be my writing on the wall. Jodie Foster was here, I still am, and I want to be seen, to be understood deeply, and to be not so very lonely.
Wow, Jodie may not have chosen to make a B-line to the Award Show Speech Hall of Fame, but I think she got there. She meandered a bit, but she got there to the places that are most important. Our hearts. Thanks, Jodie!
Watch Jodie Foster's speech here for yourself:
What did you think of Jodie's speech tonight? Did it move you more than confuse you?
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