Jodie Foster just came out (again) as a lesbian at the Golden Globes ceremony, and it was probably the least remarkable thing about her Cecil B. DeMille award acceptance speech. The 50-year-old actress gave tribute to her very “modern family,” including her two sons, ex-girlfriend and coparent Cydney Bernard, and in one of the most moving moments of the night, her mother, who suffers dementia.
The fact that Jodie Foster is gay isn’t a total revelation; she’s been open about her relationship with Bernard, mentioning her publicly in 2007, but hasn’t ever made a public speech or press announcement regarding her sexuality. Her Golden Globes speech poked fun at the formality:
While I’m here being all confessional, I just have the sudden urge to say something I’ve never been able to say in public. A declaration that I’m a little nervous about. 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. I am — single.
She laughed with the audience, then addressed it a bit more seriously:
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 she actually met. 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 primetime reality show. You guys might be surprised, but I’m not Honey Boo Boo child.
However much she was or wasn’t “out” prior to tonight’s awards ceremony, the mention of her sexuality on stage while receiving a lifetime achievement award captivated the crowd and earned even more admiration from many fans, including us.
The rest of her meandering speech perplexed the audience, including Mel Gibson, who the actress acknowledged in her speech:
Foster referenced having grown up in the public eye, along with the years she’s spent dealing with Hollywood politics, and in one of the internet’s already-favorite quotes from her speech is already inspiring retweets and memes that should last for the next week: “Normal is not something to aspire to, normal is something to get away from.”
Despite the confusion over moments in her speech, it was probably the most raw emotion we’ll see at the Golden Globes in 2013, and possibly the bravest speech we’ll see this awards season altogether.
Watch for yourself and tell us what you think: