The Panic Room star moved the Hollywood crowd to tears with an impassioned speech about her personal life and career as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille award onstage at the Los Angeles prizegiving earlier this month (Jan13).
She declared, "A big coming out speech tonight... 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, co-workers 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 honour the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance and a primetime reality show..."
Openly-gay Glee star Lynch was among the audience at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, and she was overwhelmed to hear Foster's speech in person.
She tells TVGuide.com, "It was really moving and touching. I loved that she shared a little bit about her inner life with us, and what she said about her mother (who suffers from dementia) broke my heart.
"I like the fact that she operates without telling everybody what she's doing. It was a big moment that she let us into her private thoughts, and I'm really grateful I was there for it."
Actress Jodie Foster used her acceptance speech at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday (13Jan13) to seemingly confirm longrunning speculation she is a lesbian.
The Panic Room star was honoured with the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille award at the 70th annual prizegiving in Los Angeles, and as she stepped up to the podium to collect the lifetime achievement prize, she moved members of the star-studded crowd to tears as she addressed her sexual orientation in public for the first time.
She said, "A big coming out speech tonight... 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 honour the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance and a primetime reality show...
"I'm sorry, that's just not me and it never will be. But please support me because my reality show would be so boring. I would have to make out with Marion Cotillard, (and) spank Daniel Craig's bottom just to stay on the air. But seriously, if you had been a public figure since the time you were a toddler. If you had to fight for a life that felt real and honest and normal, then maybe then too you'd value privacy about all else.
"Someday in the future, people will look back and remember how beautiful it once was. I have given everything up there since the time that I was three years old and that's a reality show enough, don't you think. Love people and stay beside them. There is no way I could stand here tonight without acknowledging one of the greatest loves of my life. My ex-partner in love but righteous soul sister in life, my most beloved BFF (best friend) of 20 years, Cydney Bernard. I am so proud of our modern family."
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So, remember that time that the incredibly private, worst-secret-keeper in Hollywood, Ms. Jodie Foster, came out while also (maybe) admitting that she's no longer going to be acting on stages while accepting an award at the Golden Globes? No? Well, you should — because it just happened, right now.
That's right, arguably one of the worst-kept secrets in Hollywood, Foster's oft-discussed sexuality was revealed by Foster herself while the actress accepted the Cecil B. DeMile Lifetime Achievement Award for her 47 years in the Hollywood spotlight. Jodie Foster is a lesbian, you guys!
Though the admission is not technically her first. At the Women in Entertainment Breakfast on December 4, 2007, Foster thanked "my beautiful Cyndey," prompting many to take this admission of her relationship with a partner as her official "Coming Out."
Foster's speech was at first seemingly a fake-out — the actress began her time on stage by acknowledging how angry her publicist was about to be with her, and ruminating about a "big secret" people had been wondering about for "years." The audience on-screen and off waited while Foster announced, "I'm single," to a stifled and knowing laugh from everyone at the Beverly Hilton Sunday night. "While I'm here feeling confessional, I just have the sudden urge to say something I've never been able to air in public," Foster said. "I'm just going to put it out there loud and proud, right? I'm going to need your support on this. I am, uh, single."
Foster went on to note what was no doubt a palpable feeling in the room: Would Foster make a grand, long-awaited coming out speech? Nope. "There won't be a big coming out speech tonight," Foster explained. "Because I already did my coming out, about a thousand years ago, in the stone age, in those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to friends, family, coworkers, and then gradually, proudly to everyone who knew her, to everyone she actually met."
Foster went on to lambast how celebrities have chosen to reveal their sexuality over the past decade: "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 prime time reality show. You guys might be surprised, but I am not Honey Boo Boo Child."
In a weirdly uncomfortable speech filled with references to living your life in the public eye, Foster seemed to rally against the idea of famous gay people publicly coming out. The speech instantly caused Twitter near-meltdown amongst comedians, writers, and fans alike. Most seemed deeply confused by the star's seemingly conflicted ideas of wanting to be both deeply understood while also maintaining strict privacy.
"But seriously, if you have been a public figure from the time when you were a toddler, if you had to fight for life that felt real and honest and normal against all odds, then maybe then you too might value privacy above all else," Foster warned. "Privacy. Someday, in the future, people will look back and remember how beautiful this once was. I have given everything up there from the time I was three years old — that's a reality show enough."
Foster went on to acknowledge her former girlfriend Cydney Bernard and their two children, explaining their love and support has given her the life she's always wanted — away from the spotlight. "There's 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. ... 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. This brings me to the greatest influence of my life, my amazing mother Evelyn. Mom, I know you're inside those blue eyes somewhere and there are so many things 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 okay to go."
In a moment that felt especially apt given the at-times rambling and confusing speech, Foster warned her sons about the potential backlash against her choice to step out of the closet, saying that "sometimes your mom loses it too. I can't help but get moody, you know? This feels like the end of one era and the beginning of something else. Scary and exicting. And know what? Well, I will never be up on the stage again, or 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, only dogs can hear it whistle. But it will be my writing on the wall."
Her final thought for the night? A bizarrely melancholy one, to be frank. "Jodie Foster was here. I still am. And I want to be seen and understood deeply, and to be not so very lonely." Check out the full speech below.
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Emma Stone is So Adorable It’s Unfair
Every time Emma Stone shows her face on film, we’re all overjoyed and charmed by her presence, so it’s no wonder that she walked away with the Favorite Movie Actress award last night. It’s the way she acted when she accepted the award that is remarkable: the utterly likable and genuine actress was adorably flustered, looking to her mom in the audience to steady herself and finally delivering an old, but very authentic message about being yourself. I may like her more than I like Ryan Gosling. Maybe.
Robert Pattinson, WHERE IS YOUR HAIR?
Okay, there is an explanation for this: apparently the new shaved do can be blamed on Pattinson’s role in Cosmopolis. However, I can’t help but express how much I miss the Pattinson with an actual head of hair. Eat your Wheaties, RPatz; we want to see those luscious locks on your noggin once more, please.
WE GET IT, People Choose The Winners
Throughout the night, our host, Kaley Cuoco, and her assistant host (was that necessary) Su-Chin Pak, made an annoying amount of references to the notion of voting, tweeting, texting, facebooking, etc. We get it, by the power of technology the people choose the winners – we don’t need to include fabricated skits fueled by fake tweets to drive that point home.
The Cast of Bridesmaids Goes All Wilson Phillips on The Audience
Not only did the people wisely choose Bridesmaids over the movie I feared would win (The Hangover 2), but they cheered on the cast as they broke out into the movie’s accidental anthem: “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips. Good comedy wins, critics rejoice.
PCA Beats the Golden Globes to The Punch, Gives Morgan Freeman a Icon Award
Take that Cecil B. DeMille Award. Before The Golden Globes could make its way to its Sunday Night timeslot, the people spoke and confirmed that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association clearly got it right. Morgan Freeman was chosen as the first ever People’s Choice Movie Icon, which is great even if his dictionary is under the impression that means he’s a small picture representing a file.
Don’t worry, Michael Patrick King –The 2 Broke Girls Still Love You
After the TCA panel for the hit CBS series got a bit messy, with reporters asking King about the “racist” elements of series and King replying defiantly and indignantly, the showrunner came across in a pretty dismal light. But that same night, 2 Broke Girls won Favorite New Comedy Series like a giant, inflatable middle finger to everyone who questions the elements of prejudice and stereotypes on the series. Plus, stars Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings took aside the last moment of their acceptance speech to specifically send their love to King. We know that was in reference to the beating he took at the TCA event, but we’ll just pretend it was just exuberant praise as a result of the People’s Choice honor.
Write-In Votes Actually Work Sometimes
Nina Dobrev was not nominated for Favorite TV Drama Actress. However, Nina Dobrev won the award for Favorite TV Drama Actress. That’s right, the Vampire Diaries star garnered herself a spot in the running because her loving fans wrote so many letters to the dear people at the People’s Choice awards. But she didn’t just get to go, she actually won. Talk about the power of the people.
Confusing Dresses are Apparently The Next Big Thing
Let’s see. There was Vanessa Hudgens’ chocolate-colored spider-web dress that looked like two dresses got in a fight and then hugged it out; Lea Michele’s dress that was like an elegant silly string explosion; J Law’s (yes, Jennifer Lawrence, I’m giving you a new nickname) sapphire dress with two awkwardly (or opportunely) placed paisley cutouts right; and finally Jennifer Morrison’s 60s dream pulled right out of Holly Golightly’s Manhattan apartment, complete with a million little baubles hanging off the bottom. If these are the dresses of the future, Joan Rivers is going to have a whole lot of new material.
NPH: Man of the People
You can’t stop Neil Patrick Harris from lending his own particular brand of sparkle to an awards show – it’s kind of his thing. First, he very adorably interrupted Kuoco’s monologue – and she seemed to be the only one who (pretended) to mind. Then, there was that moment when he beat out the undefeatable Jim Parsons and Alec Baldwin for a fan-chosen award and when he accepted it, he got a standing ovation from the celebs and the fans. I wonder what it’s like to be loved that universally.
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Have you ever wondered why the Hollywood Foreign Press Association named its lifetime achievement award “The Cecile B. DeMille” award? It’s because Mr. DeMille born in 1881 just as the motion picture itself was being developed was responsible for a lifetime’s worth of cinematic achievements including 1927’s The King of Kings 1934’s Cleopatra and 1952’s The Greatest Show on Earth. He also helmed two versions of The Ten Commandments; one silent from 1923 the other a colossal studio epic from 1956. The latter took home an Academy Award for its cutting edge visual effects that helped the filmmaker turn water into blood and part the Red Sea.
It’s the aesthetic triumphs not just in the form of state-of-the-art special effects but also including the tremendous production design and detailed costumes that are perhaps the most memorable elements of DeMille’s magnum opus and that’s why I’ve long waited for Paramount Home Video to release a high definition transfer of The Ten Commandments. Today you can bring this grandiose golden-age blockbuster home with a new Blu-ray release that bursts with vibrant colors and sharp sound quality; a marriage of old-world storytelling and 21st century technology.
To help celebrate this cinematic marvel and the larger-than-life era of Hollywood from which it hails Paramount has included a few pieces of nostalgic bonus content that fans young and old will find interesting if not incredibly immersive. The best feature is the theatrical trailer bank which includes not just the 1966 re-release and 1989 spots but a 1956 making-of trailer (that feels more like a newsreel short) with DeMille himself talking about the history of the story of Moses and his own production. For completionists and film historians it really doesn’t get much better than this; one of the best director’s of all time introducing one of the very best films ever made as he reviews passages from various sources and discusses the characters and the actors who play them. Though I’d like to have seen more interview footage with the famed auteur I’ll treasure this brief introduction to his classic movie for ages to come.
A feature length commentary from Katherine Orrison author of “Written in Stone: Making Cecil B. DeMille’s Epic The Ten Commandments” is available on both discs (the film is split as it has been in most versions released to consumers) but I certainly didn’t have the time to listen to it all. To be honest it was hard for me to take my eyes off of the majestic motion picture itself so finely produced and performed it’s as gripping today as it was when I first saw it as an impressionable youngster. The reds and blues of Ramses cloaks the obsidian statues in the Pharaoh’s hall the deep burgundy shade of Moses’ robe and the magnificent silver glow of Nefretiri’s gowns attract the eye like a moth to the flame bringing you deeper into the Egyptian setting than you’ve ever been. And the most awe-inspiring moments of the movie when the vaporous Angel of Death makes its way through the city claiming the Egyptians first-born sons before Moses splits the Red Sea in one of cinema’s most iconic sequences are heightened thanks to the perfect picture and 5.1 sound.
Rounding out the special features is newsreel footage of the New York Premiere of the film which is brief but fun to look at especially for those who were alive to see it broadcast and those of us who wish we were. All in all the bonus materials are lighter than I’d hoped but I’m not holding a grudge; this film was made in a time when no one could’ve imagined there’d ever be a market for content about the making of a movie. Paramount has included all the extras it could without compromising the promise of a true high-definition Ten Commandments experience and the company has delivered. On these discs is a sweeping generation-defining monument of moviemaking that anyone who calls themselves a “film-buff” should own. It’s a part of our collective cultural history as well as an unforgettable piece of entertainment.
The cinematic tale about the British monarchy is heading up the main categories with nominations for Best Picture (Drama) and Best Director for Tom Hooper, while Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush have all received acting nods.
Boxing film The Fighter and Facebook-inspired movie The Social Network trailed with six nominations apiece, including mentions in the Best Picture (Drama) category, which also saw nods to ballet movie Black Swan and sci-fi blockbuster Inception.
Meanwhile nominees in the Best Picture (Musical or Comedy) category include Alice In Wonderland, Burlesque, The Kids Are All Right, action movie Red and Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp's romantic thriller The Tourist.
Robert De Niro, an eight-time Globe nominee who won a best actor prize for Raging Bull, will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement.
The 68th annual Golden Globe Awards, hosted by British comic Ricky Gervais, will take place on 16 January (11) in Los Angeles.
The main categories are as follows:
Best Picture (Drama)
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
Best Picture (Musical or Comedy)
Alice in Wonderland
The Kids Are All Right
Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan)
David Fincher (The Social Network)
Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech)
Christopher Nolan (Inception)
David O. Russell (The Fighter)
Best Actor (Drama)
Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network)
Colin Firth (The King’s Speech)
James Franco (127 Hours)
Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine)
Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter)
Best Actress (Drama)
Halle Berry (Frankie and Alice)
Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole)
Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone)
Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine)
Best Actor (Musical or Comedy)
Johnny Depp (Alice In Wonderland)
Johnny Depp (The Tourist)
Paul Giamatti (Barney’s Version)
Jake Gyllenhaal (Love And Other Drugs)
Kevin Spacey (Casino Jack)
Best Actress (Musical or Comedy)
Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right)
Anne Hathaway (Love And Other Drugs)
Angelina Jolie (The Tourist)
Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right)
Emma Stone (Easy A)
Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale (The Fighter)
Michael Douglas (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps)
Andrew Garfield (The Social Network)
Jeremy Renner (The Town)
Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech)
Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams (The Fighter)
Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech)
Mila Kunis (Black Swan)
Melissa Leo (The Fighter)
Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom)
Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy (127 Hours)
Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg (The Kids Are All Right)
Christopher Nolan (Inception)
David Seidler (The King’s Speech)
Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network)
Best Animated Film
How to Train Your Dragon
Toy Story 3
Best Foreign Film
The Concert (France)
The Edge (Russia)
I Am Love (Italy)
In a Better World (Denmark)
Best Original Score
Alexandre Desplat (The King’s Speech)
Danny Elfman (Alice in Wonderland)
A.R. Rahman (127 Hours)
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross (The Social Network)
Hans Zimmer (Inception)
Best Original Song
Bound to You (Burlesque)
Coming Home (Country Strong)
I See the Light (Tangled)
There’s a Place for Us (The Chronicles of Narnia)
You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me (Burlesque)
Best Television Miniseries or Movie
You Don't Know Jack
The Pillars of the Earth
Best Actress in a Television Series, Drama
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)
Piper Perabo (Covert Affairs)
Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy)
Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)
Best Actor in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Steve Carell (The Office)
Thomas Jane (Hung)
Matthew Morrison (Glee)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
The Irish actor played the ancient Greek conqueror in the 2004 Oliver Stone project, co-starring Angelina Jolie and Val Kilmer.
It was panned by movie critics and only managed to recuperate one quarter of its $155 million (£97 million) budget back at the U.S. box office.
But Farrell was shocked by the movie's reception - as he and his co-stars were sure it would sweep the board at the 2005 Academy Awards.
He tells Britain's Total Film magazine, "We were splitting the atom on Alexander - we were really doing something that had never been done and we were telling an epic tale that would harp back to the days of Cecil B. DeMille and we were going to get 12 Oscar nominations. In our heads. That's one case of where we completely misjudged the situation.
"It was a very big story and I know that Oliver was very rushed to do a cut, but for me it just failed gloriously. It just kept in step with the magnitude of Alexander's ambition and ego."
And Farrell is still upset his dyed blond hair wasn't properly maintained for the duration of the shoot: "That was unfortunate. We f**ked that up. A $150 million film and we couldn't sort out my roots."