Lena DunhamÂ calledÂ Jodie Foster’s speech at theÂ 70th Annual Golden GlobesÂ “mind-blowingly beautiful.”Â Jessica ChastainÂ hailed it as “incredible,” and said it left her in tears.
The usually fiercely private actress, 50, surprised the audience as she touched on her sexuality, her rarely-seen sons, Charles, 14, and Kit, 12, and her ailing mother, who suffers from dementia.
The 50-year-old actress, who has long kept her private life as guarded as anyone in Hollywood, came as close as she ever has to outing herself publicly as a lesbian as she accepted the Cecille B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at Sunday nightâ€™s Golden Globes.
As the Huff Post reports, after being introduced by Robert Downey Jr., Foster coyly said, “While Iâ€™m here being all confessional, I just have the sudden urge to say something Iâ€™ve never been able to air in public.â€ť
She continued: â€śA declaration that Iâ€™m a little nervous about. Not quite as nervous as my publicist, huh, Jennifer? But uh, you know, Iâ€™m just going to put it out there. Loud and proud. Iâ€™m going to need your support. I am – single!â€ť
She received a boost from her close friend Mel Gibson, who offered a wolf-whistle from her table in the audience.
But she quickly shifted gears into a more serious tone â€“ one that left acting peers like Anne Hathaway with tears streaming down their cheeks.
Throughout her occasionally long-winded yet stirring speech, Foster, 50, went on to speak about privacy and its general absence in Hollywood – a luxury that, to her, seems like a distant past.
“I already did my coming out a thousand years ago, in the Stone Age,” said Foster.
“Those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to friends and family and co-workers then gradually to everyone that knew her, everyone she actually met. But now apparently I’m told that every celebrity is to honor the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance and a primetime reality show.â€ť
â€śIf you had been a public figure from the time that you were a toddler â€¦ then maybe you too might value privacy above all else,â€ť she said, a likely allusion to the paparazzi frenzy that plagues younger actors like Kristen Stewart, her former co-star and friend, says the NY Daily News.
She thanked her ‘heroic co-parent, my ex partner in love, but righteous soul sister in life. My confessor… most beloved BFF of 20 years, Cydney Bernard.
â€śThank 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. … Boys, in case you didn’t know it, this song, like all of this, this song is for you.â€ť
Backstage reporters didn’t have much luck decoding a speech some found cryptic and confusing.
Part of the problem was no one seemed to want to outright say to the Cecil B. DeMilleÂ Lifetime Achievement recipient, “So, you just kinda came out on national TV, right?”
Responding to a question that basically, but not explicitly addressed the subject, Foster said, “The speech kind of speaks for itself.”
“I feel like I’m graduating from something,” she continued. “It’s a big moment. I wanted to say what’s most on my heart.”