“ I am 50!” Is how Jodie Foster started her acceptance speech at for receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globe Awards Sunday night in Hollywood.
From there it got weird quickly, or was it the most honest thing to be said in Hollywood in a long time.
Foster stood on the stage, loaded her gun and took a shot at everything that makes the film and television “great, “ or awful, depending on which side of the screen you are on.
At 50 years old, Foster looked absolutely beautiful in a tight fitting dress, stunning blue eyes, and arms of steel. Despite her amazing looks, 47 years in the industry and a list of credits and awards that is second to none, to many Foster is “washed up, not bankable and no longer a draw.”
Foster was on stage to lift a massive middle finger at the industry naysayers and let them know that she could care less what they think about her. If the new Hollywood doesn’t want her, then she’s completely fine with that.
"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."
To be clear, Hollywood has never been a town to look at your grades before your cleavage, but when shows like Amish Mafia and movies like Abraham Lincoln Vampire Slayer stand as pinnacles of success, it’s time to admit there has been a drastic change in the way people judge talent and success.
Here’s the rub, saying anything, is like admitting to your spouse that they “do look fat in that.” It doesn’t end well. Hollywood and the TV industry likes to pat itself on the back for everything it does. Foster was on stage to, if only for a moment, put a stop to it and remind people that “life” and work can be separate, intimate things that you don’t always need to capitalize on.
"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."
Maybe this was the most brilliant move in the history of entertainment. The “go to hell” approach of restarting your career? Maybe just maybe, this was the honest feelings of a woman who has lived her life under a microscope and needed to finally let everything out, in one honest, painful, burst of emotion.
As Foster continued to go on, it had industry veterans like Mel Gibson in tears, while the younger starlets looked confused as to what the “old bag” was complaining about.
"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."
At the end of the day Honey Boo Boo will still slobber all over the television and for some reason Arnold Schwarznegger will still be allowed to make movies.
Maybe just maybe, it will remind women and men that older and experienced doesn’t have to mean sad and broken at 50, you still have a lot of life to live.
Thank you, all of you, for the company. Here's to the next 50 years.
To read the complete speech, click here.