MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATED) Actress and director Jodie Foster, who won Oscars for "Silence of the Lambs" and "The Accused," was given a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes on Sunday, and publicly acknowledged that she is gay.
The two-time Oscar winner for her roles as a rape victim in "The Accused" and as an FBI agent in “The Silence of the Lambs” started her acceptance speech by announcing that she’s 50 then recalled her long career in the entertainment business, which started when she appeared in TV commercials when she was only three years old.
"While I’m here being all confessional, I just have the sudden urge to say something I’ve never been able to air in public. A declaration that I’m a little nervous about, maybe not quite as nervous as my publicist, huh, Jennifer? But uh, you know, I’m just going to put it out there. Loud and proud. I’m going to need your support on this. I am -- single!" she said as she received the Cecil B. Demille award.
"I hope you won't be disappointed that this is not some big coming out speech," she continued, as she ended years of public speculation about her sexuality. "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, coworkers and then gradually, proudly, to everyone who knew her, to everyone that she actually met.
“But now I’m told every celebrity is expected to honor the details of their private lives with a press conference, with a fragrance and a primetime reality show. …I’m sorry that’s not me,” she said, noting that her reality show is “boring.”
“If you had to fight for a life that felt real and honest and normal against all odds, then maybe you, too, would value privacy above all else,” she said.
She then went on to give a shout-out to a list of friends in the audience, including Mel Gibson, before saying: "There is no way I could ever stand here without acknowledging one of the deepest loves of my life.
Pointing to ex-partner Cydney Bernard, she called her "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."
"Thank you Cyd," she said. "I am so proud of our modern family. our amazing sons, Charlie and Kit (Christopher), who are my reason to breathe and to evolve, my blood and soul."
Foster also gave a very personal message to her mother, which, reports said, had the star-studded audience teary-eyed.
“Change, you gotta love it. I will continue to tell stories, to Move people by being moved. Greatest job in the world! It's just from now on, I may be holding a different talking stick. Maybe it won't be as sparkly, maybe it won't open in 3,000 screens, maybe it would 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 wanna be seen, to be understood deeply - and to be not so very lonely,” she said.
She then ended her speech, saying, “Here’s to the next 50 years,” as if to deny media speculations that she would also announce her retirement from showbiz.
Foster was last seen on the big screen in “Carnage,” the movie adaptation of the award-winning play “God of Carnage.” She also directed “The Beaver,” starring Mel Gibson, whom she also thanked on Sunday.
She will next appear in the upcoming sci-fi movie, “Elysium,” opposite Matt Damon. -- with reports from Reuters and Agence France-Presse