BEVERLY HILLS (CNS) – Actress/director/producer Jodie Foster received the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Cecil B. DeMille Award during tonight’s Golden Globe Awards ceremony, honoring her impact on the world of entertainment.
The 50-year-old Foster accepted the award with a speech that included praise for her former lover and “co-parent” of their two children, Cydney Bernard, and hints that she might be moving away from acting — although she denied that was the case backstage at the Beverly Hilton.
“This feels like the end of one era and the beginning of something else, scary and exciting, and now what?” Foster told the crowd.”Well, I may never be up on this stage again, on any stage for that matter. Change, you’ve gotta love it.
“I will continue to tell stories, to move people by being moved — the greatest job in the world,” she said. “It’s just that from now on, I may be holding a different talking stick. Maybe it won’t be as sparkly, maybe it won’t open on 3,000 screens. Maybe it’ll be so quiet and delicate that only dogs can hear it whistle, but it’ll 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.” The actress, who has long been protective of her privacy and private life, appeared to be on the verge of discussing her sexuality, saying she was ready to make a public “declaration that I’m a little nervous about.”
But she followed that up by announcing: “I am single,” drawing laughter and applause.
“I already did my 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 and then gradually proudly to everyone who knew her, to everyone she actually met,” she said. “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 prime time reality show.”
She went on to defend her right to privacy.
“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 then you too might value privacy above all else,” she said. “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 that I was 3 years old. That’s reality show enough, don’t you think?”
Foster did recognize Bernard, calling her “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,” she said. “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.”
Foster won Academy Awards and Golden Globes in 1989 for “The Accused” and in 1992 for “The Silence of the Lambs.”
She also earned Golden Globe nominations for her work in “Carnage,” “The Brave One,” “Contact,” “Nell” and “Freaky Friday.” She was nominated for Oscars for “Nell” and for her supporting role in “Taxi Driver.”
She began her career appearing on television shows such as “Mayberry R.F.D.,” “Gunsmoke” and “Adam-12.” After drawing critical acclaim for her work in films such as “Taxi Driver” and “Freaky Friday,” she took a break from acting to attend Yale University, graduating in 1985 with a literature degree. Her career soared when she portrayed a rape victim in “The Accused,” and she established herself as a star with her 1991 role as FBI agent Clarice Starling in “The Silence of the Lambs.”
She has directed a handful of films, beginning with “Little Man Tate” and more recently with the off-beat tale “The Beaver,” starring her close friend, Mel Gibson, who sat next to her at tonight’s ceremony.
Morgan Freeman received the Cecil B. DeMille Award at last year’s Golden Globes. Past recipients include Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, Al Pacino, Steven Spielberg, Judy Garland, Harrison Ford, Walt Disney and Frank Sinatra.
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