"Normal is not something to aspire to; it's something to get away from." -- Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster is part of the Hollywood elite. The star of classics, such as "Paper Moon," "Freaky Friday," "Silence of the Lambs" and "Maverick," has been an A-Lister for almost her entire life. The Golden Globes cemented Foster's status as "official legend" with a Cecil B. DeMille award.
The honorary award is presented for "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment." It's named after its first recipient. DeMille was a famous producer and director in Hollywood's golden age.
The televised version of The Golden Globes is typically a looser, more fun (some say drunker) version of The Oscars. In fact, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's show is often taken as a precursor to the Academy Awards.
When Foster accepted the award for her lifetime of achievements, it was a powerful, and at times confusing, moment. She was introduced by Robert Downey, Jr., who hilariously stated, "The Cecil B. DeMille Award says as much about the presenter as the recipient; and that's why I'm here for Jodie. As I reflected on her formative years, I was surprised and delighted at some of the similarities." He then spoke of her as an actor, director, and philanthropist.
The lovely Foster then took the stage stating, "Forty-seven years in the film business is a long time." She christened the night as, "The most fun party of the year, and tonight, I feel like the prom queen." She thanked her "family of sorts, executives, producers, directors."
"I'm just gonna put it out there, right? Loud and proud. So, uh, I'm gonna need your support on this," Jodie stated. Then, the movie star went for it. Her speech was funny, smart, poignant, heartfelt, and rambling.
So, what the heck was she trying to say?
Foster jokingly "confessed" that she was single. She also said that there would not be "a big coming-out speech tonight, because [she] already did [her] coming out about a thousand years ago, back in the Stone Age, in those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends and family and co-workers." She was talking directly to the present culture that demands that stars state their preferences clearly and publicly.
Stars who've had big coming out moments in the past include Ellen DeGeneres, Anderson Cooper, Wanda Sykes, Clay Aiken, and Ricky Martin. Foster also said, "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."
Jodie took a dig at the culture of reality TV and over exposure. She explained, " Every celebrity is expected to honor the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance, and a prime-time reality show. You know, you guys might be surprised, but I am not Honey Boo Boo Child." Nonetheless, the star of "Taxi Driver" just mentioned "Honey Boo Boo." What is this world?
Maybe one day Honey Boo Boo Child might give the same speech. After all, she's only a little bit older than Jodie was when she got started. Foster clarified, "But seriously, 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. Privacy."
"I'm over it."
People tonight are wondering whether Jodie retired. Foster has not retired, but the already discerning star will be making more dedicated choices. She cites, "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."
And there you have it! It was simple, really.
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