January 13th, 2013
10:39 PM ET
Those in the audience at the Golden Globes whipped out handkerchiefs as Jodie Foster gave an emotional and moving speech while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award.
Foster gave fair warning that a big announcement was coming, warming up viewers by saying, "While I'm here being all confessional, I guess I have a sudden urge to say something that I've never been able to air in public, a declaration that I'm a little nervous about, but maybe not as nervous as my publicist right now ... I'm just going to put it out there, right, loud and proud."
Of course, after a tease like that, Foster went on to say that she was single.
But in actuality, she continued, "I hope that you're not disappointed that there won't be a big coming out speech tonight. I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago, back in the stone age ... When a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends, and family and co-workers, and then gradually and proudly to everyone who knew her, to everyone she actually met."
Yet these days, she went on, "I'm told that every celebrity is expected to honor the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance and primetime reality show."
"You guys might be surprised, but I am not 'Honey Boo Boo Child,'" she said. "I'm sorry, that's just not me. It never was, and it never will be. But please don’t cry, because my reality show would be so boring."
In more seriousness, Foster explained, "if you had been a public figure from the time that you were a toddler, if you 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. Privacy. Some day, 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 three years old - that's reality show enough, don't you think?"
That said, she moved toward the conclusion of her acceptance speech by saying she couldn't stand there without acknowledging her "heroic co-parent and ex-partner in love but righteous soul sister in life ... most beloved BFF of 20 years," Cydney Bernard.
"I am so proud of our modern family, our amazing sons," Foster said. "And boys, in case you didn’t know it, this song, like all of this, this song is for you."
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