At the 70th Annual Golden Globes, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sun. Jan. 13 in Beverly Hills, Robert Downey, Jr. presented Jodie Foster with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement. The “Iron Man 3” star managed to insert himself into it and make it almost as much about him.
But Foster knocked it out of the park with a speech that brought the celeb crowd to tears, including Mel Gibson, who sat next to her. Her speech sounded like a goodbye speech and a defense of her privacy at the same time.
She noted that she’s been in movies since she was three. “I’m 50,” she said. “I’m 50 … I was going to bring my walker but it just didn’t go.”
I would be surprised if there was anyone who didn’t know she was gay, but she confirmed it in her speech. She began by announcing, “I’m just going to put it out there, loud and proud,” she said, “I am, uh … single.”
She added, “You guys might be surprised, but I am no Honey Boo Boo child.” She said if they did a reality show of her life, “It would be so boring.”
It sounded particularly like a swan song when she said, “I have given everything up there since I was three years old. That’s reality show enough, don’t you think?”
The camera went often to her handsome young sons, who beamed.
“Scary and exciting. I will never be on the stage again. Change, you gotta love it,” Foster added. The camera panned to the reaction of various actors like Anne Hathaway and Marion Cotillard, who had tears in her eyes. Jamie Fox was slack jawed.
At the end of her speech, you can read Downey’s lips, who mouthed, “Wow!”
It sounded to me and was later confirmed from numerous reports from the press room, that she didn’t announce her retirement from acting, but that she would like to direct more.
Let’s face it, there aren’t many parts in Hollywood for 50-year-old actresses.
Here’s Jodie Foster’s speech at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards: