Jodie Foster gives Golden Globes speech: 'I already did my coming out' (Transcript)
At the 2013 Golden Globe Awards, Jodie Foster won the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement and gave a speech in which she "put it out there, loud and proud," that she is single, following years of speculation about her sexuality.
Foster, who has won two Oscars and two Golden Globes in the past, mentioned by name her former partner of 20 years, a production manager named Cydney Bernard, with whom she shares two sons. Foster also suggested she may retire from acting.
Check out a transcript of her speech below.
"Thank you. Well for all of you SNL fans, I'm 50! I'm 50! You know, I need to do that without this dress on, but you know, maybe later. I'm 50! You know, I was going to bring my walker tonight, but it just didn't go with cleavage. Robert, I want to thank you for everything. For your bat-crazed, rapid-fire brain, the sweet intro. I love you and Susan, and I am so grateful that you continually talk me off the ledge when I say I'm done with acting, I'm done with acting, I'm really done, I'm done, I'm done, I'm done."
"Trust me, 47 years in the film business is a long time. You just ask those Golden Globies, because you've been around here forever. You know, Phil, you're a nut, Aida, thank you for honoring me tonight. It is the most fun party of the year, and tonight, I feel like the prom queen."
"Looking at all those clips, you know the hairdos and the freaky platform shows, it's like a home movie nightmare that just won't end, and all of these people sitting here at these tables, they're my family of sorts, you know. Fathers, mostly--executive producers, directors, my fellow actors out there."
"We've giggled through love scenes, we've punched and cried and spit and vomited and blown snot over one another--and those are just the co-stars I liked. But you know more than anyone else, I share my most special memories with members of the crew. Blood-shaking friendships, brothers and sisters. We made movies together, and you can't get more intimate than that."
"So I'm here being all confessional and I guess I just have a sudden urge to say something that I've never really been able to air in public, so declaration, that I'm really nervous about but maybe not quite as nervous as my publicist right now, huh, Jennifer -- um but I'm just going to put it out there, loud and proud, so I'm going to need your support on this."
"I am single. Yes I am! I am single. No, I'm not really kidding but I'm kinda kidding. I mean, thank you for the enthusiasm. Did I get a wolf whistle or something?" [Mel Gibson is shown]
"I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago back in the stone age in those very quaint days when a fragile girl would open up to trusted friends and family and coworkers and then gradually, proudly, to everyone who knew her, to everyone she actually met, but now apparently, I'm told that every celebrity is expected to honor the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance and a primetime reality show."
"You guys might be surprised but I am not Honey Boo Boo Child. So I'm sorry, that's just not me - 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, you know, just to stay on the air. It's not bad work if you can get it, though."
"But seriously, if you had been a public figure from the time that you were a toddler, If you had 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. Privacy. Someday, in the future, people will look back and remember how beautiful it once was. I have given everything up there from the time I was three years old. That's reality show enough, don't you think?"
"There are a few secrets to keeping your psyche intact over such a long career. The first -- love people and stay beside them. That table over there, 222, way out in Idaho, Paris, Stockholm, that one next to the bathroom with all the unfamous faces, the very same faces for all those years. My acting agent Joe Funicello, Joe, do you believe it -- 38 years, we've been working together? Even though he doesn't count the first eight. Matt Saver, Pat Kingsley, Jennifer Allen, Grant Inam and his uncle Jerry & may be rest in peace -- lifers.
"My family and friends, here tonight and at home and of course Mel Gibson, you know you saved me too. There is no way I could ever stand here without acknowledging 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. And boys, in case you didn't know it, this song, like all of this, this song is for you."
"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 okay to go."
"You see Charlie and Kit, sometimes your mom loses it too! I can't help but get moony -- this feels like the end of one era and the beginnings of something else. Scary and exciting and now what? Well, I may never be up on this stage again. On any stage, for that matter. Change, 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, 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. Thank you, all of your, for the company. Here's to the next 50 years."
Hours after the ceremony, comedienne and talk show host Kathy Griffin weighed in on Foster's speech, calling it her "eloquent" and her favorite moment from the show (Check out an interview with Kathy Griffin).
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