Other highlights from the night:
- Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell proving they had, indeed, seen every single best actress in a motion picture comedy/musical. They particularly loved Meryl as a the “sassy sheriff” in Hope Springs.
- Tommy Lee Jones winning best actor for his portrayal of Grumpy Cat during Kristen and Will’s bit about Hope Springs.
- Paul Rudd and Salma Hayek proving not all actors can ad lib when their teleprompter failed and Salma only managed a, “OK, something about the best, uh…” before they cut to a list of the nominees.
-Adele being delightful, as always, when winning for best song and saying she and her friend had been “pissing ourselves laughing” all evening.
- Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried canoodling onstage after Les Miserables’ win for best musical/comedy.
- And so many dresses. A few that looked like doilies or curtains stolen from The Sound of Music. But still, pretty.
Still, the night’s biggest highlight, and one it will most likely be remembered for years to come, was Foster’s moving speech with its sometimes rambling, sometimes nervous delivery, but unmistakably personal plea for understanding. Sure, some will say it was long overdue. Others have said it was too vague. That also wasn’t helped by the several seconds of audio that were cut out –seemingly on accident – during her speech. An unedited version shows the missing sentence was a non-coming out coming out.
The missing line from her speech was, “Seriously, I hope that you won’t be disappointed that there won’t be a big coming out speech tonight.” She went on to say:
…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, 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.
Granted, it was hardly a secret. Yet despite what many in the media, especially the LGBT media, considered her de facto coming out in 2007 while accepting another untelevised award at a Hollywood luncheon, this was by far the most direct Foster had been in addressing her sexuality and her longtime ex-partner Cydney Bernard, whom she called her “one of the deepest loves of my life, my heroic co-parent, my ex-partner in love, but righteous soul sister in life.”
She ended by saying the next era of her life will be her “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.” p.s. Jodie is single, ladies. So, you know, take your shot.
See Jodie’s full amazing speech below. Totally worth seven minutes of your life, trust me.
And then Fey and Poehler ended the night with sentiments every lesbian or bisexual (probably a good portion of the straight) women watching could agree upon: “We’re going home with Jodie Foster.” Indeed.
So, your thoughts on the Golden Globes? Favorite moments? Least favorite moments? I know, Jodie, call us.