In what was possibly one of the most shocking and emotional moments in Golden Globes history, Jodie Foster stole the show Sunday night with a heartfelt coming-out speech.
The 50-year-old actress, clad in a dazzling blue gown, took the stage to collect the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award after a funny intro by good friend Robert Downey Jr.
To the surprise of the audience and viewers around the world, Foster took the opportunity to address something she has always guarded fiercely -- her private life.
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The nearly 7-minute speech was an ode to her ailing mother, her children, growing up in the film industry and most surprisingly, her official "coming out" speech -- something that had been an open secret in Hollywood.
“I hope you’re not disappointed that there won’t be a big coming-out speech tonight,” Foster said, “because I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago."
She continued, saying that she had come out to those in her life "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.”
While thanking her two sons, Foster also thanked Cydney Bernard, a production manager whom she called “my heroic co-parent, my ex-partner in love but righteous soul sister in life.”
Foster also teared up on stage while speaking of her ailing mother, who she hinted was near the end of her life. "I love you, I love you, I love you, and I hope if I say that three times, then one of those times will sink in and you will believe you were a good mother," she said as numerous celebrities were seen wiping their tears.
While the actress/director also seemed to hint at retirement, Foster clarified her remarks backstage, saying "I could never stop acting. You'd have to drag me behind, like, a team of horses."
"No, I'm not retiring from acting. And, you know, I'd like to be directing tomorrow… I'm actually more into it than I have ever been."
While Foster's speech mystified many viewers, the reaction from her peers was nothing short of elated: "I thought Jodie Foster's speech was mind-blowingly beautiful," said "Girls" star Lena Dunham backstage.
"It was really a complex, interesting assessment of what it’s like to have a creative career over a long period of time."