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One of the biggest moments of the Golden Globes last night was Jodie Foster’s acceptance speech when she was presented the Cecil B. DeMille award for her long career in Hollywood. Foster came out during the speech, acknowledging her longtime partner and hinted that she was at the end of an era. However, she later said that she does not plan on retiring.
The speech went on for over six minutes, but Foster kept it interesting, as she reflected on her 40-plus years in the business. It became very personal quickly, though.
“While I’m here being all confessional, I just have the sudden urge to say something I’ve never been able to say in public. A declaration that I’m a little nervous about. Not quite as nervous as my publicist, huh, Jennifer? But uh, you know, I’m just going to put it out there. Loud and proud. I’m going to need your support. I am — single,” she said during the beginning of the speech, reports Entertainment Weekly. “No, I’m kidding. But I mean I’m not really kidding, but I’m kinda kidding. I mean, thank you for the enthusiasm. Can I get a wolf-whistle or something?”
Later, she asked for privacy, saying that she’s not Honey Boo Boo. “No, I’m sorry, that’s just not me,” she explained. “It never was and it never will be. But please don’t cry because my reality show would be so boring. I would have to make out with Marion Cotillard, I would have to spank Daniel Craig’s bottom just to stay on the air.”
The headline from the speech might be that she finally discussed her sexuality in public, although she said her coming out was “a thousand years ago back in the Stone Age” for friends, family and co-workers, notes The LA Times. She thanked Cydney Bernard, who she called “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, consigliore, most beloved BFF for 20 years.”
She added that she was proud of their two sons, Charlie and Kit.
She concluded the speech by saying that it felt like the “end of an era and the beginning of something else.”
“Well, I may never be up on this stage again, on any stage for that matter. Change, you gotta love it. 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,” she concluded. “Thank you, all of you, for the company. Here’s to the next 50 years.”
Many wondered if that meant she was retiring, but the Oscar-winner told The Hollywood Reporter that she isn’t. “No, I am not retiring,” she said after the show. “I could never stop acting. You’d have to drag me with wild horses...I’m actually more into it than I’ve been.”