The emotional speech given by Jodie Foster as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award was high on the list of Golden Globe highlights. But while all agree the speech was beautiful and moving, no two people can agree on exactly what she was saying -- except for the part where she celebrated being 50, and we're certainly down with that.
Still, the six-and-a-half-minute speech left many heads-a'scratching. Did she come out? Did she retire? Was she issuing a strong call for celebrity privacy? Or hoping to bring public awareness to dementia, like that which plagues her mother Evelyn? Was she declaring that Mel Gibson is a changed man and deserves to be let out of public purgatory?
To the retirement theorists: Only time will confirm the veracity of her proclamation that this would be the last stage she graces. To those who believe "every celebrity is expected to honor the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance and a primetime reality show," we feel certain you will remain disappointed. For her mom, we too hope that Foster's three "I love yous" penetrated the haze. And to Mel Gibson, a big thank you should be directed to a loyal friend. And pretty cool that you came to the Golden Globes as Foster's invited guest; we know some celebrities equate events like these to having hot coals stuck in their eyes.
But circling back to the one message from the speech that came across loud and clear to everyone and needs no interpretation whatsoever: Jodie Foster is 50 years old, has no compunction about celebrating it, and looks forward to the next 50 years! As she said in her acceptance speech: "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.”
Here's to the next 50!