Jodie Foster in Giorgio Armani

Posted on January 14, 2013



Jodie Foster attends the 2013 Golden Globe Awards in Giorgio Armani.

While the press and a whole bunch of other writers seem to be a bit confused as to what, exactly, happened, we think congratulations and back pats are in order. Yes, the whole world pretty much knew Jodie was gay and yes, she danced around the subject in the past, and yes, for the pedantic people in the room, it’s true; she didn’t actually utter the words, “I’m gay.” But she didn’t have to. Instead she offered up a rambling, emotional, exhilarating rant that laid bare her soul and her life to a roomful of people and a camera full of the world. It was awkward and funny, cringe-inducing and uplifting. Sloppy and real. And when it was over, we sat there, stunned and open-mouthed, until Tom finally managed the words, “Good. For. HER.”

In truth, we’ve always had a bit of a problem with her reticence, but there’s something to be said for living your life on your own damn terms and Jodie made it perfectly clear that it wasn’t cowardice that kept her from telling the word her sexual orientation, but a fierce need for privacy from a woman who never really had it in her life. Until you’ve actually had to do it, no one can really understand just how emotional it is to tell people the fundamental truth about yourself; that thing that, unlike heterosexuality, you had to struggle with and come to terms with and learn to accept. There’s obviously a huge part of her that thinks public comings-out by celebrities are silly things (as evidenced by her crack about “press conferences, fragrances, and reality shows”), but there was also, quite obviously, a part of her that was thrilled and exuberant and weightless after it was said. We know the feeling, Jodie. Good for you.

Oh, and even before you dropped that little bomb on the room, we thought your dress was pretty damn fierce.


[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/PR Photos]

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  • And she’s 50.  I hope to look that good at 50.

    • Mary_Shelley

      Me, too…but I can tell you at 47 that it ain’t happening for me…alas…

      • suzq

        Beautiful, yes.  Fit, absolutely not.  You can get fit at any age. 

    •  I’m only a few months younger than she is. If only I looked that good. Sigh. Love the color of the dress.

  • MilaXX

    I have to admit it took me a minute to get what she was talking about. Sure,I got the coming out, but not wanting to make a big deal of it part. But I can’t lie, I was lost on the rest of it until I read the transcript of what she said and why.  Of it all the words to her ailing mother was the part that made me tear up the most.

    She’s a cool chick and I thought she looked great.

    • Same here, it made a great deal more sense when I read a transcript of it this morning. I loved her dress. I loved a lot of the dresses last night. Can’t wait to find out from TLo why I should be hating them. 

    • My comprehension of her speech wasn’t aided by the fact that my cable lost sound for about a minute right at the crucial part.  I like to think she was actually being bleeped for delivering an extended profanity-laden rant, á la Arrested Development, but probably not.

      • Kimbolina

        I think my audio cut out at one point too.  Maybe she was censored??

      • VeryClaire

        No, I think she was bleeped. 

        • I guess I’d better find a transcript then, because I can’t imagine what she could have said that would have called for such lengthy bleeping.

          • anotherkate

             I’m pretty sure she just said “shitty,” but the damn 7-second delay cut her out for much longer than necessary.

      • Vickiefantastico

        I lost sound too. I think someone in the crowd yelled profanities.

        • StillGary

          Probably Gibson 😉

          • e jerry powell


      • MilaXX

        I think they bleeped something. I lost sound for a bit as well.

      • twocee

        Audio was screwy most of the night.  I kept thinking it was my tv but I guess it was just a really over-zealous censor.

      • suzq

        They were bleeping out cuss words left and right last night.   You know, after a few drinks those stars get awfully cussy!

    •  Could you point me towards a transcript, please? I’d like to read it. Of course, I am just being lazy and will look for it myself if you don’t feel like doing the work for me.

      • S_Swift

      • MilaXX

        is a transcript of Jodie Foster’s acceptance speech in receiving the
        Cecil B. DeMille award at Sunday night’s Golden Globes:”Well,
        for all of you ‘SNL’ fans, I’m 50! I’m 50! You know, I need to do that
        without this dress on, but you know, maybe later at Trader Vic’s, boys
        and girls. What do you say? I’m 50! You know, I was going to bring my
        walker tonight but it just didn’t go with the cleavage.”Robert
        [Downey Jr.], I want to thank you for everything: for your bat-crazed,
        rapid-fire brain, the sweet intro. I love you and Susan and I am so
        grateful that you continually talk me off the ledge when I go on and
        foam at the mouth and say, ‘I’m done with acting, I’m done with acting,
        I’m really done, I’m done, I’m done.'”Trust
        me, 47 years in the film business is a long time. You just ask those
        Golden Globes, because you crazy kids, you’ve been around here forever.
        You know, Phil you’re a nut, Aida, Scott — thank you for honoring me
        tonight. It is the most fun party of the year, and tonight I feel like
        the prom queen.

        “Thank you. Looking at all those
        clips, you know, the hairdos and the freaky platform shoes, it’s like a
        home-movie nightmare that just won’t end, and all of these people
        sitting here at these tables, they’re my family of sorts, you know.
        Fathers mostly. Executives, producers, the directors, my fellow actors
        out there, we’ve giggled through love scenes, we’ve punched and cried
        and spit and vomited and blown snot all over one another — and those are
        just the costars I liked. But you know more than anyone else I share my
        most special memories with members of the crew. Blood-shaking
        friendships, brothers and sisters. We made movies together, and you
        can’t get more intimate than that.

        while I’m here being all confessional, I guess I have a sudden urge to
        say something that I’ve never really been able to air in public. So, a
        declaration that I’m a little nervous about but maybe not quite as
        nervous as my publicist right now, huh Jennifer? But I’m just going to
        put it out there, right? Loud and proud, right? So I’m going to need
        your support on this.

        “I am single. Yes
        I am, I am single. No, I’m kidding — but I mean I’m not really kidding,
        but I’m kind of kidding. I mean, thank you for the enthusiasm. Can I
        get a wolf whistle or something? [Audio is silent for seven seconds] …
        be a big coming-out speech tonight because 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. But now I’m told, apparently 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.

        know, you guys might be surprised, but I am not Honey Boo Boo Child.
        No, I’m sorry, that’s just not me. It never was and it never will be.
        Please don’t cry because my reality show would be so boring. I would
        have to make out with Marion Cotillard or I’d have to spank Daniel
        Craig’s bottom just to stay on the air. It’s not bad work if you can get
        it, though.

        “But seriously, 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 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 3 years old. That’s reality-show enough, don’t you think?

        are a few secrets to keeping your psyche intact over such a long
        career. The first, love people and stay beside them. That table over
        there, 222, way out in Idaho, Paris, Stockholm, that one, next to the
        bathroom with all the unfamous faces, the very same faces for all these
        years. My acting agent, Joe Funicello — Joe, do you believe it, 38 years
        we’ve been working together? Even though he doesn’t count the first

        “Matt Saver, Pat Kingsley,
        Jennifer Allen, Grant Niman and his uncle Jerry Borack, may he rest in
        peace. Lifers. My family and friends here tonight and at home, and of
        course, Mel Gibson. You know you save me too.

        is no way I could ever stand here without acknowledging 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. 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. And boys, in case
        you didn’t know it, this song, all of this, this song is for you.

        brings me to the greatest influence of my life, my amazing mother,
        Evelyn. Mom, I know you’re inside those blue eyes somewhere and that
        there are so many things that you won’t understand tonight. But this is
        the only important one to take in: I love you, I love you, I love you.
        And I hope that if I say this three times, it will magically and
        perfectly enter into your soul, fill you with grace and the joy of
        knowing that you did good in this life. You’re a great mom. Please take
        that with you when you’re finally OK to go.

        see, Charlie and Kit, sometimes your mom loses it too. I can’t help but
        get moony, you know. This feels like the end of one era and the
        beginning of something else. Scary and exciting and now what? Well, I
        may never be up on this stage again, on any stage for that matter.
        Change, you gotta love it. I will continue to tell stories, to move
        people by being moved, the greatest job in the world. It’s just that
        from now on, I may be holding a different talking stick. And maybe it
        won’t be as sparkly, maybe it won’t open on 3,000 screens, maybe it will
        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
        want to be seen, to be understood deeply and to be not so very lonely.

        “Thank you, all of you, for the company. Here’s to the next 50 years.”

        •  Oh thank you! That is so very beautiful.

        • MissMariRose

           “Privacy.  Some day, in the future, people will look back and remember how beautiful it once was.”

          Perfect. Good for her.

          • RebeccaKW

             Loved that.

        • EverybodysStarling

          Wow, that really made me cry. She is so fantastic! 

        • Qitkat

          Thanks so much for posting this. It is astounding, and so real, and so very beautifully put. It clearly came from her heart and soul. And I am just amazed at her complete realness, you know, her ability to say these things to the whole world and to the people who love her, and to those she loves dearly. Quite possibly the best, truest, least self-conscious, most self-aware, unscripted speech ever heard on the Hollywood awards stage.

        • kolokOlchik
        • *gah!*


    • I understood her, but my boyfriend didn’t, and I was caught up in doing a running commentary on my interpretation of her words, until she started talking about her mom, when I just shut up, listened, and then burst into tears. I lost mine not too long ago, and her speech made me wish I was a famous award winner, too, so I could stand in front of the world and tell everyone who I am, who made me, and how much I loved her.

      • MilaXX

         I lost my grandmother, who I am named after to Alzheimers. Watching someone literally slip inside themselves is an awful thing. Death is never easy, but the unholy limbo that this disease locks a person in is just hell.

        • That is the God’s honest truth. My mom had a brain aneurysm, and she was severely damaged, came back after four months on a breathing machine, and lived another four months until a progressive stroke claimed her brain entirely, after which we had to decide whether to turn off the machines. I feared the concept that she’d forget me more than anything, but even though she didn’t remember what happened in recent years, she didn’t forget me or our family. I am so sorry your grandmother had to have Alzheimer’s, and I can honestly say that if my mom had to die, I’m glad it wasn’t from that.

          • MilaXX

            I’ll take a relatively fast-illness/death over years of agony any day. So sorry to hear about your mom

          • Thanks, and may we always remember how important those we love are, and how short life can be. I had a perfect relationship with my mom, so even though she died far too young, I had no regrets about our time together. It really does help, so I’m letting folks know now, GET IT OUT, TELL THEM HOW MUCH THEY MEAN, AND FORGIVE EACHOTHER.

          • formerlyAnon

             All the preceding, but especially this.

            And if you come from the kind of people where it’s hard, and they try to block you from saying anything real, or there are just barriers that seem insurmountable: try the best you can and come the closest you can. It is not wasted effort.

    • fursa_saida

      I teared up real hard at the part about her mom, and I’m young/lucky enough to still have mine. Hell, I even teared up a little bit when she told Mel Gibson he saved her too, and I have no love for that man. That lady has powerful presence.

  • Stunning! That is HER dress. To be honest I had no idea that she hadn’t been out before.

    • She’s been about as out as you can be without actually saying to a camera “I’m a lesbian”.  Perhaps with all the high profile people coming out in the past two years she’s been feeling pressure to make that declaration, and you could sense that she was resisting it even last night.  Don’t forget that she went through a bit of personal hell 30 years ago when John Hinckley shot Reagan because he was obsessed with her.

      • Well exactly. I totally understand her desire for privacy because of John Hinckley. I’d thought that she’d been in one of the Hollywood power couples for many years and that was as out as she needed to be.

        • e jerry powell

          EXACTLY.  She was as out as she needed to be.  Unfortunately, too many people expect more.

      • Aurumgirl

         I think a lot of people have forgotten that about her, or simply don’t know that about her.  Part of her reticence, of course, also had to do with shining a spotlight on her two sons in the audience.  I don’t think she’s done that before.  As for actually coming out, I recall reading a fairly comprehensive article about her, her lover, and her family and career several years ago in Vanity Fair.  So it really wasn’t as though she were actually making her “coming out move” to an audience that would only have an inclination to know anything about her sexuality through rumour alone.  She looked beautiful; she’s done an incredible amount of work on her own terms, much of which has been outstanding; and she’s loyal as hell (to her no-longer partner but still best friend, to Giorgio Armani, whose gowns she’s always worn, and yes, even to that old devil Mel Gibson).  Good. for. HER.! is right. 

        • twocee

          Her friendship with Mel Gibson shows a loyalty and a “I don’t give a crap what you think” attitude that is sadly rare in Hollywood these days. 

          • laurenislearning

             I don’t think bein friends with someone who is that violently anti- semitic, racisist and hatefull of women is necessaryly a positive character traiit. To put it mildly.

            I think it is great that she felt able to come out. I hate that she had to include him.

          • twocee

            She did not HAVE to include him — she CHOSE to bring him to the Globes and to thank him in her speech.  He obviously means a great deal to her.  I think unless you know them personally (and hey, you might), you have no idea why they are friends and what positive things he has brought to her life.  And you have no idea how being friends with her may have changed him. 

          •  So she should ignore everything she knows about him personally, every bit of good she’s seen in him over the years? I mean, maybe he’s truly vile and hateful — his words and actions certainly were — but maybe there’s more to the story.  I’m not justifying his behavior, at all, but I’m going to assume that his friends probably know more about him as a person than I do. 

          • e jerry powell

             True enough, and exceedingly fair.

          • e jerry powell

            To be fair, she hasn’t been on-board or supportive of everything he’s done or said.  Read the transcript of her speech from Cannes (when Gibson didn’t show up because of all the stuff going on with his ex-girlfriend).  She defended using him in Beaver but she made a point of not even trying to rationalize what went on his ex.

          •  We all have at least one friend who has gone totally off the reservation but you love and care about them anyway. Especially when that friend has been part of your life for a few decades. (I have one, myself.) Throwing away decades of friendship is near impossible and not going to change anything. So we stick with them, love them anyway, and tell them once that they’re crazy as hell and move on.

      • random_poster

        Exactly:  She was a child actor in a world mostly unkind to child actors. She was publicly identified by a psychopath as the reason for a heinous crime. She went through whatever she went through to come to terms with her sexuality.  

        I would relish my privacy, and expect others to respect that, above most anything else as well.  

    • It is her dress on multiple levels: it matches her persona — a little cool, not really that soft, bared but somehow not revealed.  All the ways that she has and has not played the game as expected of her, and the way she’s done as much as she can to navigate celebrity on her own terms.

      • And it matches her eyes.
        LOL I’m not as eloquent as you, but I totally agree. 🙂

      • StillGary

        Bullseye! that dress didn’t like it would be good to stroke — it would probably scratch your hand — it was sharp, angular, brilliant and mellancoly-collored. Perfect.

    • AnaRoW

       I think it’s one of those things that’s been said so often that no one realized that she hadn’t said it. 

  • Rick Aiello

    My God I love her.. I thought the speech was amazing, and I totally got what she was saying the whole time.  And while she looks stunning at 50, she looked especially stunning last night.  Just beautiful. 

  • Introspective

    her speech was incredible. tear inducing. she looked stunning. and she’s a fucking BOSS to be getting a lifetime achievement award at 50. she’s amazeballs. jodie FTW last night. 

    • filmcricket

      At the beginning of the speech she almost seemed to be annoyed by the idea of a “lifetime achievement” award at 50, which I thought was apt. She’s already had a lifetime’s worth of work because she started so young, but most people getting that award are in their late 60s/early 70s. She seemed to be kind of saying “Um, WTF Hollywood, I’m not that old!”

  • Elaine Lang

    The second photo (the first close-up) shows something wonky happening under the arms with the fit, but it appears to have worked itself out in the other shots.   Armani always suits her personal style so well.  

    I haven’t caught up with the Globes yet (I’m a tired middle aged lady who needs her rest.)   but I always put ol’ Jodie in the Andersen Cooper basket:   pretty much everyone knows, doesn’t feel like it merits an announcement any more than declaring oneself to be straight would.    But, good for her. (and AC)    Sometimes you just need to say stuff.

    • RebeccaKW

       I agree.  I understand the ‘coming out’ if you’ve lived a life of being straight.  I also understand if you don’t want to “come out”, you just are out now.  But if you’ve always know you were gay and always lived that way, then what is there to announce? 

  • I was hoping you’d address this! So proud of & happy for her. LOVE  her

  • afabulous50

    I have always admired her.  A true bright spot among the dregs of Hollywood.

  • teensmom99

    There’s something to be said for going to your go-to designer.

    • Chickadeep

      In Jodie’s case, absolutely; Armani has always worked beautifully for her and she clearly feels confident in every red carpet Armani look we’ve seen.

      But sometimes your “go to” doesn’t do you any favors.  ::: giving the side eye to Carolina Herrera & poor, pinched, flattened Renee Z. :::

  • imperfectlaura

    Everything about Jodie was night.

  • kikisayshi

    I always had the impression that she was so serious and stuffy, but her speech really changed my opinion. I thought more people in that room would respond to her jokes, etc. but everyone looked sort of bewildered until the end. And she did look pretty fantastic.

  • Annabelle Archer

    She looked so, so lovely.  I love it when a woman wears a dress that makes her eyes pop like crazy. (maybe because my eyes are my favorite feature)
    Good for her and her speech, though the only insane thing about it I found is her relentless support of Mel Crazy Eyes Gibson.  

  • Jennifer Coleman

    I can’t remember seeing such a personal statement made from such a publicly private individual before. That speech was for her on the occasion of her 50th year on this planet, more than an acceptance speech and expectations from other people be damned. Bravo, Jodie – you’ve made me look forward even more to celebrating my 50th birthday in 2 months. And you looked killa in that dress.

  • I have to admit that I didn’t know she was gay. Mainly because I guess she keeps her personal life so private, I suppose. I have only seen 2 of her movies so maybe that also has something to do with my lack of knowledge about her personal life in general. Add me to the crowd that was lost when she was talking last night. At first, I was like “Jodie Foster is gay?” Then I was like “or is she not gay? And she is just smacking down the Hollywood rumor mill?” I felt like I understood it a lot more after I rewatched the speech because while it was happening, I was just confused but while watching it with a clue about what she was talking about, it was really very moving and beautiful. And the part at the end where she talked about her mother was also very moving and almost haunting in how beautifully worded it was. I’m glad that she was able to make her own statement on her own terms in her own time.

    All that said, the color of her dress was superb on her and I love the beading on the straps. But I wish her hair was either slightly longer or slightly shorter or maybe layered.

    • Tatiana Luján

      Agree on the hair thing. 

  • Offbalance

    When she started her ramble, my husband and I grabbed each others hands and breathlessly exclaimed “IT’S HAPPENING! IT’S FINALLY HAPPENING!!”  It was an amazing speech, and I can’t blame her one bit for wanting to keep some sliver of the privacy she’s never, ever had.  (I mean, she was just trying to go to college and some whack job shot a president because he thought it would impress her.  Something like that makes you a little crazed about privacy.) 

  • Thank you for leading with Jodie and talking about what she said ahead of her fashion.  She hit it out of the park last night, and her exhilaration was a joy to behold! 

  • I am fiercely proud of her, both for her desire to live her own life on her own terms, and for her choice to reveal what she has about herself and her life.

    And yeah, she looks slammin’, too

  • When a man cites you as his inspiration for attempting to assassinate a US president, I think you’re pretty justified in trying to keep your personal life as private as possible.

    • alice20c

      I agree. I’m guessing that for her, the issue of privacy probably carries baggage that very few could comprehend.

  • mjude

    another reason to love jodie.  she was magnificent!

  • MoreShoes

    I didn’t see her speech but I thought that everybody already knew she’s gay. Why is that such a big deal? 

    • Laylalola

      Please. We still live in an age where it’s difficult and scary for someone like Jodie Foster to come out. Let that sink in.

    • Well, there’s your answer. Read the transcript (or watch a video). It’s not that she’s gay, it’s what she said and how. 🙂

    • raininmai

      In my opinion, gay people “coming out”, even if they’re already out to the people in their lives, is simply a gift to the next generation. Because of the courage of the older generation, my daughter felt comfortable enough to come out at age 14, and I am forever grateful to those who went before her and made it so much easier for her now.

      Oh, and aside from her hairstyle, which I think does her no favors, Jodie’s dress was terrific.  🙂

  • PeggyOC

    I just could not love her more.  I even respect her devotion to Mel.  He’s a train wreck, but I like that she’s loyal and there for her friends. She is proving that you can be an intelligent, creative, private and admirable woman in the snake pit that is Hollywood.  Brava.

  • The general silence in that room is what happens when the smartest person in the room is talking at her own level, not theirs. That speech was for her and everyone else just had to keep up. She’s amazing both inside and out.

    • Introspective

      this is what I also LOVED about her speech last night. in an era of anti-intellectualism in our entertainment, she was unabashedly brilliant. she did not dumb down her stream of consciousness for easy “access hollywood” soundbites. she told HER truth. and we all had to deal. SO proud of her. 

      • siriuslover

        YES! I just wrote that I have always admired her intellectualism and how she’s not afraid to put it on display.

    • Thank you! I was hoping for a transcript!

  • I loved it- basically, she said “I’ve been doing this for a minute, the people who I needed to know have already been told, and you already know, so why do you need me to say it?” Mixed with a few glasses of wine and a good dose of nerves, it was the best speech that night, Adele being second. 

  • Mel Gibson’s face was the stuff of nightmares. But go Jodie.

  • Miss_Led

    She looks gorgeous! A WERQ!
    People are where they are, and they get to where they get when they get there. I can’t really claim to know sh*t about a woman who was a celebrity when she was three and was stalked by a killer. Let everyone have what privacy she wants, and let’s not put pressure on people to stay in the closet — or bitch at them when they come out — is my humble opinion.

  • that dress looks like it must weight at least 20 lbs.  looks awesome, but holy shit it must be heavy.

  • What I love is that she said she came out years ago, to those who matter, which is so very true. What a talented, smart, articulate, and fiercely-dressed woman she presented last night.

  • Funkykatt

    I like the matchy matchy with her eyes. Lovely

    • filmcricket

      Blue is really her colour, isn’t it? Damn she’s gorgeous, and that was a gorgeous dress. (And speech.)

  • I’m sure her need for privacy was at least partly informed by the whole Hinckley incident.  She did look fierce and she IS fierce!

    • Laylalola

      Absolutely. It’s very telling she made no mention of it or reference to it in any way, shape, or form.

  • I completely got it – and TLo is right, not a surprise to anyone who follows the Hollywood world, but a fantastic speech, taking shots at the whole reality TV, lets make a circus of it, while being honest and nervous and yet exhilarated  She looked great, and Contact is to date, still one of my favorite movies. A great actress, and here’s hoping that her retirement is something she was at least somewhat kidding about. 

    • MilaXX

       She said in a press conference afterwards that she is not retiring from acting.

    • Spicytomato1

      A fellow Contact fan! I don’t find many in my parts. I remember that movie just left me breathless and awestruck.

      I thought Jodie looked stunning last night, perfection from head to toe. Best I’ve ever seen her look, I believe. Amazing lady, inside and out.

      • Violina23

        I enjoyed Contact quite a bit, the end was hokey, but the questions it brought up in between about science & faith were timeless.

        • Contact is not my typical kind of movie, but it blew me away. Loved it and her.

  • SophiaPehawkins

    I think her haircut is unflattering. I think she looks better with a longer cut.

  • SugarSnap108

    She looks absolutely beautiful.  I can’t believe she’s 50 (not that that’s old!).  TBH, I’d thought she was “out.”  A friend met her at a bar a few years back and she was with her partner — Of course that’s much different than making an announcement to the world, but I guess it just left me with the impression of Jodie Foster=Out.  Incidentally, my friend she said she was very friendly and as down-to-earth as the rest of us peasants.

    • Well, she said last night, “I came out a thousand years ago to family, friends, co-workers, – everyone who’s met me in-person knows.”  So, clearly, although she’s been loathe to make a public announcement, she’s not shy about it.

    • Glammie

      I’ve heard that she was pretty out when she was at Yale.  When she went back to Hollywood, she never pretended to be straight as much as she refused to answer questions about her personal life.  She was fortunate in that there wasn’t the 24/7 news/gossip cycle that there is now.  

  • Count me in as a sobber. She was simply wonderful last night, and her beautiful speech lent itself to the best joke of the night “We’re going home with Jodie!”

    Pure love.

  • jw_ny

    Jodie looked fantastic, although I’m not sure I care for the bob on her.  The color and simple/classic shape of the gown is good on her, yet its got a bit of edge that really suits her.

    As for her “speech”…yes, everyone already knew her orientation, but good for her to acknowledge her partner and speak openly and honestly about her life.  Quite an emotional speech. 

    The media sensationalism and hounding of a G/L celebrity to make a public declaration of their orientation is really quite ridiculous.  I can’t wait until until:  A) the day comes when being G/L is no longer newsworthy, or B) They start outing straight celebs.  😉

  • Vickiefantastico

    What a beautiful, beautiful speech. I bawled. And the dress is amazing, to boot.

  • Laylalola

    She called it a coming out speech, she thanked her partner in child rearing (a “sister,” I don’t remember the words exactly). This is the first place I stopped this morning; I don’t really want to read the coverage where reporters are confused about what was going on.

  • ojosazules

    This is one of times I really wish I had real time tv. She is a national treasure.

  • I loved her entire speech, truly, but it was the bit to her mom at the end that had me openly weeping. For all the trouble the two of them reportedly have had in the past, for her to acknowledge her mother’s private Hell and announce her love for her like that… (“But this is the only important one to take in: I love you, I love you, I love you. And I hope that if I say this three times, it will magically and perfectly enter into your soul, fill you with grace and the joy of knowing that you did good in this life. You’re a great mom. Please take that with you when you’re finally OK to go.”) ALL THE TEARS.

    • twocee

      Oh yeah, I was bawling after she said that.  Such a very very personal moment to put out there on live TV. 

    • lizajane1776

      I am with you on the shout out to her mother. Does she have Alzheimer’s? The way Jodie worded it, it seems that way to me, and that makes it even more touching. I have to go get this dust out of my eye before I go to work now.

      • I’ve seen it reported as dementia; I don’t know if it’s officially Alzheimer’s.

  • Love her. Always have. That dress is fucking stunning. 

  • mozzer0906

    Brava to Jodi for her very real and from the heart speech.  <3  she looked stunning while doing it!

  • Pennymac

    I totally respect her, and understand her need for privacy. I thought her speech was touching, especially when she talked about her mother. This dress is also giving off all kinds of “warrior” vibes to me. No from heaviness, but the cut and fit around her neckline, especially. Brava, Jodie. Well done.

  • siriuslover

    I love her. Liked her speech very much. It came from her soul. Very poignant bit about doing other things and fighting being lonely. I have always admired her intellectualism and admire her even moreso now. Other celebrities could do well to learn from her poise. Love you Jodi Foster!

  • It gave me chills when she looked square into the camera and addressed her disapproving mother. I have to think her mom is (partly) what held her back for so many years. And I also like to think her sons may have helped prompt her into going public. They seemed really, really proud of their mom.
    And damn right she looked gorgeous.

    • MilaXX

       disapproving? From what I’ve read her mother is seriously ill with dementia. She was in part, giving her permission to die.

  • decormaven

    Brava, brava, brava. Pure class from head to toe. Thanks to whomever mentioned the LA Times transcript of the speech- that was awesome.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    She looks glorious, and I didn’t see the speech but I’m glad for her. She’s never had any luck with the press and to say what she had to say on her own terms without anyone editing her is freaking great.

  • GorgeousThings

    Good. For. HER indeed! And the dress is gorgeous.

    My only nit is with her hair. There’s something about the center part/severe bob that doesn’t sit well on her. Love her makeup though.

  • Lynn Landry

    Yes! Good. For. HER. And, she was photo bombed by some serious cankles in a couple of those photos.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Amazing. Simply amazing.

  • Judy_S

    I missed the speech last night–decided to go to bed but then spent time doodling on the computer instead. So your alert directed me to go find it. I wish I had watched live. It was a charming bit of happy free-association (or so it seemed). 

  • Kappyapp

    I read a tweet last night that said something along the lines of ‘I’m not exactly sure what just happened, but I’m crying my eyes out’ – I loved her speech, loved the raw honesty of it. No one should feel forced to talk about their sexuality and I greatly admire her for living her life the way she wants to. And she’s gorgeous to boot.

  • f_yeah_marie

    Well said.

  • sarahmichelef

    At the end of that ramble (which I was out of the room for the beginning of) I turned to my husband and said, “And the classy broad of the night award goes to Jodie Foster.” Also, her kids are freaking adorable.

  • Ceece

    I have always adored Jodie Foster.  As you say, good for her.  And the dress is amazing and she looks amazing in it.

  • She looked great and that’s an amazing dress but I bet she’s got scratches in her armpits and under her arms…..all that beading & bedazzling looks mighty uncomfortable.

    I got what she was saying but it was awfully incoherent and under-rehearsed, from someone who presumably has known for a bit of time in advance that she would be getting a special award.  I understand being caught up in the emotion of the moment and all but she is a professional.  Maybe it just came too late in the ceremony, after too much champagne.  While I’m sure she’s satisfied with the content of her acceptance speech, I have a feeling she’ll look at the video and not be happy with the presentation.  She seems like such a precise person, and it came off so rambling.  But bless her for going there.

    • twocee

      I think the rambling nature of it was part of its charm, at least to me.  Reading the transcript, you can tell it was was thought out and well-written, but the emotion of it (and possibly her own nervousness) rendered her way more “human” than if she had come out (no pun intended, really) perfectly polished. 

    • filmcricket

      Rambling seems to be part of winning the DeMille – Pacino taught a master class in it when he won his, and Warren Beatty’s was no slouch either. Not sure if it’s the booze or all these folks feeling they need to “live in the moment” or what, but the last coherent one I remember was Shirley MacLaine’s, which was about a million years ago.

  • AnnPopovic

    I couldn’t say anything…I was in tears. Anyone who didn’t get it wasn’t listening. That wasn’t a fucking speech, it was a heartfelt and TRUTHFUL ‘thank you,it was fun, see you later’. And it was BEAUTIFUL. 

  • barbarienne

    Fierce dress, and I’m so happy to see another star proving you can be gorgeous without surgery. Her beauty is in her eyes and her smile and her confident stance.

  • Wendy Wetzel

    Standing O for her… in all respects…..   She totally rocked the house last night.   Best Picture:  Who cares…. Jodie made a statement that will last in our hearts…

  • Stubenville

    Pitch perfect. She really looks every the inch the star that she is.

  • She looked gorgeous, as she always does. And her speech was great- and understandable that someone who was thrown into the media Cuisinart when she was a kid by a stalker/wannabe assassin would want privacy more than most. I would have thought the speech was a real triumph but she lost the moral high ground when she attended the ceremony with a nazi.

    • Violina23

      Seriously!  A message of hope & love & tolerance, slightly derailed by adoration for someone who lacks such things.  I’ll just pretend that part didn’t exist… 😛

    • Rand Ortega

       Hi GT!
      Always fun to see you on the TLo thread!
      I agree w/ you about JF’s loyalty to M. Gibson. But from what I know about her having friends in her former employ, she’s fiercely loyal to those who have been good to her. When she was getting turned down for comedic & romantic leads because of the rumors of her sexuality in the early ’90’s, Gibson used his considerable clout to get her cast in “Maverick”. It really changed the way the Execs considered her. That may be why she sticks by him today. I hate to say it, but there are 1 or 2 folks whose views & questionable behavior make me want to run across the street whenever I see them. But there’s that time they did me a real solid & saved my bacon, so they’re still next to me.

  • Drew Macaulay

    While the dress was generally fab, I did not like the straps close up, b/c they reminded me a hand-beaded “Indian” belt I made as a Girl Scout in 1985.  They just weren’t as perfectly polished as the rest of the dress. 

    In my pointless and irrelevant opinion, whether JF affirmatively came out or not did matter.  What mattered is that she wasn’t closeted.  She didn’t hide who she was: she has thanked her former partner/current co-parent publicly a few times before, she never  used a male as a decoy to make anyone think she was hetero.  She never made her orientation seem shameful or negative in any way, she only attempted to keep her private life private.  It is great that she had a coming out moment, but there was no closet for her come out of.  That said, I did cry during her speech, for the following reasons.  Her sons were watching her with so much happiness and love in their eyes, the fact that she thanked Mel Gibson touched me deeply (I too have had friends who were seen as pariahs for their bad behavior, and where I was criticized for supporting them even when I did not support their behavior), and her words to her mother were so brave and kind.  I always thought that she was a brilliant actress, the speech showed that she is also an amazing woman. 

  • mom2ab

    I just wish she had better taste in friends. Mel Gibson- blech.

  • twocee

    “But seriously, 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 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 was crying by the time she finished her speech, but the above quote really amazed me.  The whole world has seemingly lost its ability to maintain even a semblance of privacy.  It’s not just celebrities, it’s all of us, constantly tweeting and facebooking and laying ourselves bare to complete strangers.  TLo is certainly not the blog to wax philosophical about this, but I think Jodie Foster touched on a great failing of our present-day culture.

    Her entire speech was beautiful, as was her dress, hair, make-up — everything.  She looked beautiful from head to toe.  So brava Jodie for both your words and your appearance.  You had to go and class up the joint!

    • Violina23

      I agree. I’m as guilty as anyone of spending way too much time on social media, but I don’t feel like I’m a better person for it. If anything, it adds to my pre-existing insecurities. Not to mention, it provides people an open forum to just be so nasty & passive-aggressive with one another, in a way they’d never do to someone’s face. 

      (As I write a response to a TOTAL stranger, on a post I linked to through Facebook… *sheepish smile*)

    • BrooklynBomber

      I completely agree. Some of it’s happening without our consent, but we also become willing participants by “sharing” every damn thing.

  • Judy_J

    I love her.  And when she said she was 50, my jaw dropped….damn, she looks AWESOME!!!!  She’s a total class act, through and through. 

  • Janet B

    Absolutely gorgeous, always.

  • I think her eyeliner is too severe for a woman of her age.  Otherwise, she looks great.  I didn’t see her speech and don’t have an opinion, but if my trusted and beloved TLo say good for her, then good for her.

  • Kathy_Marlow

    She looked a-DAMN-MAZING last night! 

  •  Thanks!

  • Terrible_Person

    I wasn’t aware she hadn’t come out officially yet. But what a wonderful speech! And great dress. That was your night, Jodie!

  • notdorothygale

    Hey, anyone can look that good at 50. Fillers, botox and all the rest, administered by skilled doctors.

    • Lilithcat

      Please.  She has more lines at 50 than I do at 60+.

    • alyce1213

      I don’t see any “filler look” on her face. There’s no poof, no tightness, no distortion.  It’s usually pretty obvious and I just don’t see it here. She’s got lines — that I can see!  She also has exquisite bone structure, which bodes well for women over 40 — good cheekbones hold the skin up.  I think it’s that she’s taken very good care of herself and doesn’t wear too much makeup.  She does look a few years younger than her age, but basically, this is what 50 can look like now.

  • Call me Bee

    Missed it!  Darn. 
    Anyhoo–she does look fierce here.  But–just as you, gentlemen, mention when guy-pants are too long, I have to bring up that the dress is TOO LONG.  Either she needs higher heels, or the tailor needs to be fired.

  • guest2visits

    I didn’t think it was ‘rambling’ or confusing or awkward as described on media afterwards. I found it both endearing and matter of
    fact; – and a sweet homage to friend and family.  And she was stunning in that beautiful gown. (here’s the quibble; she needed an
    adjustment to the fit at either side; could be the strappy material slid down abit)  And she looks easily much younger than 50.

  • guest2visits

    Hand up. Another secret Contact fan.

    • guest2visits

       another slip from disqus – this was a response for Ms.Swegler and I can’t seem to delete or move it.

  • AnnaleighBelle

    Does anyone know why she and Mel Gibson have such a deep relationship?  It’s a bit confusing.

  • I missed the speech, but, frankly, I thought she was already out.

    Her dress is lovely, and her face is lovely and age appropriate, so you go, girl.

  • Dadasoph

    Good for her, sure, but am I crazy or did she also QUIT SHOWBUSINESS at the end of that speech? I’m kind of shocked to wake up to all the “OMG JODIE COMES OUT!” headlines, because as far as I knew she was already out, plus I’m pretty sure that the bigger story here is that it really sounded like a farewell to acting at the end (“I won’t be on this stage again, or any stage” or whatever the actual wording).

    • She seemed to imply in the speech that she was retiring from acting, but backstage she emphatically said she was not, but that she was going to focus on directing and producing, I think, for the time being. 

    • MRC210

      I thought she had already retired.  She hasn’t made a movie in 5 years.  

  • shelley514

    She looks fantastic.  And about her speech, I’m not at all interested and tuned out immediately.  She’s private.  And trust me folks, if she opened up and spilled the beans, nothing of interest would come out of her mouth.  Let her be.

  • the highlight of the night … seriously … and she looked freaking amazing

  • Puck Thornton

    I love her dress, it complements her complexion and slightly severe, no-nonsense attitude. Love the hair and make-up too. Her speech was from the heart and she showed her softer, vulnerable side when she paid tribute to her loved ones. Miss Foster was truly beautiful last night.

  • m0r0

    Like the dress but It looks like it doesn’t fit her well. I’ve always admired her desire to keep her sexual preference to herself. It really makes no difference and I for one don’t need to know. Just as you don’t need to know about me. Because who cares. 

  • Best dressed. She looked fantastic. And as always, she is actually fantastic.

  • stubbornthoughts

    I think she’s amazing, and she looked amazing last night! Not a huge fan of her hair, but I think she’s rockin’ it still. 

    Her speech was erratic, fragmented, and totally heartfelt. It seemed like she was just talking to a room of friends. GREAT for her.

  • Wellworn

    My take on her speech and the comment about “press conferences, fragrances, and reality shows”, was a comment about her need for privacy in general about any part of her private life, and the difference between how she is, compared to other celebrities who make all aspects of their life so public, and even profit from their private lives with reality shows.  She always has been private, I am a little bit older than her, and haven’t heard much about her private life like I have with many other celebs.  She must take great pains to be private, and I don’t think it has anything to do with her sexual orientation.  She just is private.  Maybe this was her explanation for not publicly coming out before, but it was a lovely, rambling, honest speech and probably baring her real self more than she ever has before.  Part of a lovely, rambling, messy awards show that is such a contrast to the slickness of the Academy awards. 

  • I felt every second of that rawness. Of course she “came out” to the people that mattered years ago: she’s 50, after all, which resonated with me a lot. Her discomfort with the “reality” era was palpable, and that it is totally due to her age (and having been a professional since the 1960s) is a fact of her very personal life. That’s honesty on her terms.

  • Imasewsure

    I didn’t watch the show so I missed the speech unfortunately. She looks great here but I like the dress better from far away. Beautiful color though… always love to see her too because she’s my celebrity twin (aka MUCH better looking version of me!)

  • Jodie Foster has always let her talent speak for itself and has expertly avoided oversharing about her personal life the way so many other celebrities do.  I cringe when I see someone with real talent like Lea Michele go on and on about bizarre conversations she has with her own breasts in interviews.  But I know that stuff is a product of the circus environment that the modern celebrity functions in.  I love that Ms. Foster shuns that culture and just lives her life to the fullest – she’s a class act through and through.

  • calimon

    I was in a restaurant/bar and the sound was muted, but I couldn’t stop saying how gorgeous she looked and that dress! Now that I’ve read the transcript, well, all I can say is:  I AM WOMAN!

  • UglyTalents

    She had me at “I’m fifty!” Not being gay myself, I can’t know exactly how that all feels, but I know a brilliant, brave, gorgeous, openhearted, independent woman when I hear one. Also, she looked killer.

  • Kenisha Hill Phillips

    Her cheekbones are so arresting. And that’s a gorgeous color on her.

  • Rand Ortega

    Jodie Foster is truly 1 of the good guys. She fights brilliantly for what’s right, gives chances to people Hollywood ignores, goes to bat for friend & foe when she respects their cause. When she closed her production company, Egg, a few years back, my friends who worked for her cried like wet babies, not because they were out of jobs (she made sure they got new 1’s), but because 1 of the few co’s that were diverse in every way was shutting down. The 2 times I saw her she remembered my name the 2nd time & asked me if I was coming to the wrap party for “Home For The Holidays”. Trust me, that’s rare. Not a lot of directors deign to talk to the friends of below the line crew.

    This award (can’t call it an “Honor”) she received marks her return to the fray– Hollywood demands big, “honest” gestures to allow those who shun them back in. Very curious to see what she’s going to do next. 

    Love Huh! She looks amazing. The dress fits like a dream. Makes her eyes pop like the proverbial corn.

    • BigShamu

      Thanks for that.  After reading a lot of stuff from folks who’ve never met her or traveled in those circles it’s nice to hear that.

  • MRC210

    Her dress, hair and makeup were flawless.  As for the speech, I’m not really sure why it prompted so many “Jodie almost came out!  Isn’t she brave?” reactions.  Her asking for privacy while mocking colleagues who have come out made me wish that someone like Jane Lynch or Zachary Quinto could have stood up and said simply “I’m not Honey Boo Boo either.  But when I’m asked if I’m gay, I say Yes.”

  • EEKstl

    “It was awkward and funny, cringe-inducing and uplifting. Sloppy and real.” Yep, all of the above, but came full circle in a way that made perfect, and eloquent, sense.  And don’t even get me started on that dress:  LOVE. IT.

  • Qitkat

    This is a splendid, gorgeous dress. Perfect on her, except I would like it a little shorter. The intricate straps are my favorite part. And the color. And I don’t object at all to her center part. Perhaps because I’ve worn one for years. Every time I change to a side part, my hair just wants to go back to the center. lol.

    Jody, you are beautiful, inside and out. Brava. It was great to read the transcript, but I really would love to hear her say all those magnificent words.

  • StillGary

    This is a woman who has never discussed anything she didn’t want to — even when she young (but never silly) and was associated with an unfortunate national incident. She never cashed it in to sell a book or a movie. She has poise and class and anything she wants to say, or doesn’t want to say, is fine by me!

  • Zippypie

    She is one class, talented as fuck act and she looks fabulous!

  • The dress is good but her hair looks like she sleeps with a flowerpot on her head.

  • rtuko

    My reaction when my husband told me she’d come out was, “I thought she was out already?” it wasn’t a surprise…I seem to remember that it was common knowledge or became common knowledge ages ago…but then I spend way too much time on celeb gossip sites so many it was just a ‘rumor’ that turned out to be true. 

  • rtuko

    My reaction when my husband told me she’d come out was, “I thought she was out already?” it wasn’t a surprise…I seem to remember that it was common knowledge or became common knowledge ages ago…but then I spend way too much time on celeb gossip sites so maybe it was just a ‘rumor’ that turned out to be true. 

  • RocknRollmom

    I have always loved her and even as a kid, a couple of years older than her,  wanted her as a friend and wanted to be her.  Last night I watched in admiration as she owned her truth.  I still love her and would love to have her as a friend.  She is smart, stunning, and funny.  Can’t get better than that.  And yes, loved the dress.

  • j_anson

    Yeah, given that a guy stalked her and, like, shot a President because he was obsessed with her, I think she gets a particular pass on wanting to keep her personal life out of the public eye.

  • BrightsideSusan

    I am only nine years older I I look like a hag in comparison…

  • *fistbump*

    Good on ya, Lady Foster.

  • patticake1601

    I was in tears when she talked about her mum. She seems like such an amazing woman that looks absolutely amazing. Love her. 

  • ccm800

    It was humor. 

  • I dunno. I thought she seemed crazy as shit. 

  • SophieCollier

    Yes, good for Jodie.  But that hair?  No.  Fivehead.

  • Joey Melliza

    Xena warrior person realness!

  • I loved that she gave a shout out to all the crew she’s worked with.  The unsung heros of film.  And the stuff about her mom, poor gal.  But I wasn’t sure if her preamble to “coming out” was fake or not, because I never realized she wasn’t out.  Up until they panned to her ex and the little boy, I had no idea she had children.  And I loved all her comments on privacy.  It’s true, people are way up in the bizness of others these days.

  • Truly_Outrageous

    Amen T Lo. And Amen Jodie Foster.

  • pdquick

    This is the most insightful and sensitive comment on this topic that I have seen. Thank you.

    Now, let’s talk about the hair….. WAY, WAY too severe.

    • pdquick

       And one more thing: what was up with the shout out to batshit crazy Mel Gibson? Even he looked like he had no idea WTF was going on.

  • Rock on, Jodie! And more power to you. 🙂