Jodie Foster’s Speech Stuns Audience at Golden Globes

Thursday, January 24th, 2013
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Jodie Foster’s Speech at Golden Globes

 

When you watch something like the Golden Globes, you don’t expect to witness an outstanding act of courage. When Jodie Foster, the actress from Silence of the Lambs, mounted the stage Sunday night to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, I didn’t know what to expect. Her speech started out with an SNL reference, “I’m 50, I’m 50!” But it soon transformed into a piece of art.

She touched topics ranging from her career, reality TV, privacy—to her family, friendships, and sexual orientation.

As for her acting colleagues, Foster reflected, “We’ve punched and cried and spit and vomited and blown snot all over one another — and those are just the co-stars I liked. … Blood-shaking friendships, brothers and sisters. We made movies together, and you can’t get more intimate than that.”

“You know, you guys might be surprised, but I am not Honey Boo Boo Child,” said Foster. “Please don’t cry because my reality show would be so boring. I would have to make out with Marion Cotillard or spank Daniel Craig’s bottom just to stay on the air. It’s not bad work if you can get it, though.”

She later said, "If you had been a public figure from the time that you were a toddler, if you'd had to fight for a life that felt real and honest and normal against all odds, then maybe you, too, might value privacy above all else.”

Foster thanked Cydney Bernard, a production manager and her former partner of 20 years, whom she identified as "my heroic co-parent, my ex-partner in love but righteous soul sister in life" -- a relationship she never hid and from which she has two sons.

And she finished by telling the crowd that from now on, she 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 only dogs can hear it whistle. … Jodie Foster was here, I still am, and I want to be seen, to be understood deeply and to be not so very lonely.”

Leaving many spectators in tears, this journey of an oration so deeply personal was delivered with dignity. Her rugged trueness to heart sent a shock through all audiences—expecting nothing so genuine, so authentic, so graspable yet ungraspable. Its little pieces left to dissipate, settle, and be questioned in the hearts of Americans—a speech sprinkled with anecdotes and jokes and emotions.

Another interesting detail was that Foster had the courage to cast Mel Gibson—who generated controversy with his anti-Semitic outburst when caught driving drunk—in a recent film and to have him at her table. Foster talked in her speech about standing by those you love no matter what, and clearly she is a woman of her words.

Although some critics thought her speech was winding and disconnected—I believe that was part of its beauty. Much of the confused public has been left with two questions. Is she gay? Is she retiring? But I was left with one certainty:  Jodie Foster is a remarkably strong person. Her trueness of heart is something you rarely see anymore.

“I will take Jodie Foster's 6 minutes and 40 seconds of unfiltered passion, confusion, confession and love, so much love, over anything else anyone in Hollywood has said in a very, very long time.”—Betsy Sharkey, LA Times.

 

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