Jodie Foster's 'coming out' speech steals Golden Globes

Jan 14, 2013

Top awards go to Argo and Les Miserables, but Foster's speech is the 'emotional highlight'

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THE GOLDEN GLOBES may have been "robbed of their power" as an Oscars bellwether this year, but on a night when Jodi Foster turned "the show on its head" by finally discussing her sexuality in public and former US president Bill Clinton introduced a clip of Lincoln, few went home disappointed.

For the first time this year, the Golden Globes were announced after the Oscars nominations "reversing years of history" and "eliminating" any impact they might have had on the Academy Awards judging process, says Variety. Instead of an Oscars bellwether, the event became a "roll call" of films released in 2012 with 14 awards spread between 10 diverse movies.

Les Miserables, which won three trophies including best musical, was the most awarded film, closely followed by the hostage drama Argo which won two awards including best motion picture, drama. Ben Affleck picked up the best director award for Argo, which the Los Angeles Times says was "a bit of vindication" after he was denied a best director nod in the Oscar nominations.

In the drama categories, Daniel Day-Lewis got the best actor Golden Globe for Lincoln and Jessica Chastain won best actress for her role in Zero Dark Thirty, the controversial film about the hunt for Bin Laden.

The best actor and actress awards in the musical/comedy category went to Hugh Jackman for Les Miserables and Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook. (Anne Hathaway won best supporting actress for Les Mis.)

In the television categories Homeland proved again it is a critical and audience favourite by winning best drama as well as best actor and actress for Damian Lewis and Claire Danes. It’s only rival was the comedy-drama Girls that picked up two awards for best comedy or musical and best actress, comedy or musical for the show’s star Lena Dunham.

The undeniable "emotional highlight" of the night was Jodie Foster’s "fierce, impassioned" acceptance of the Cecil B DeMille Award recognising outstanding contribution to the industry, says Screen Daily. The highly private actress spoke candidly about her sexuality, saying: "There won’t be a big coming-out speech tonight, because I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago…" Foster also "waxed lyrical" about her former partner and the co-parent of her two boys, Cydney Bernard.

Foster then "pivoted" from a discussion of her sexuality to deliver what The Guardian calls "a critique about modern celebrity media culture". Said the former child actress: "If you had been a public figure by the time you were a toddler, if you had to fight for a life that felt real, and honest, and normal against all odds, then you too might value privacy above all else."

After three years with Ricky Gervais as its often controversial host, the Golden Globes were fronted this year by US comediennes Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, both "veterans" of Saturday Night Live. The duo "set the bar high" says ABC News’s Luchina Fisher, proving popular with the audience by delivering barbs that bit, but mostly didn’t "draw blood".

Full list of winners:

Best drama

Life of Pi
Django Unchained
Zero Dark Thirty

Best comedy or musical

WINNER: Les Miserables
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Moonrise Kingdom
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Silver Linings Playbook

Best screenplay

WINNER: Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)
Chris Terrio (Argo)
Tony Kushner (Lincoln)
David O Russell and Matthew Quick (Silver Linings Playbook)
Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty)

Best director

WINNER: Ben Affleck (Argo)
Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)
Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)
Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)

Best actor in a drama

WINNER: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
Richard Gere (Arbitrage)
John Hawkes (The Sessions)
Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)
Denzel Washington (Flight)

Best actress in a drama

WINNER: Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone)
Helen Mirren (Hitchcock)
Naomi Watts (The Impossible)
Rachel Weisz (The Deep Blue Sea)

Best actor in a comedy or musical

WINNER: Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables)
Jack Black (Bernie)
Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)
Bill Murray (Hyde Park on Hudson)
Ewan MacGregor (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen)

Best actress in a comedy or musical

WINNER: Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
Emily Blunt (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen)
Judi Dench (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)
Maggie Smith (Quartet)
Meryl Streep (Hope Springs)

Best supporting actress

WINNER: Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)
Amy Adams (The Master)
Sally Field (Lincoln)
Helen Hunt (The Sessions)
Nicole Kidman (The Paperboy)

Best supporting actor

WINNER: Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)
Alan Arkin (Argo)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)

Best foreign film

A Royal Affair
Rust and Bone

Best animation

Hotel Transylvania
Rise of the Guardians
Wreck-It Ralph

Best original score

WINNER: Mychael Danna (Life of Pi)
Alexandre Desplat (Argo)
Dario Marianelli (Anna Karenina)
Tom Tyker, Johnny Klimek, Rein Holdheil (Cloud Atlas)
John Williams (Lincoln)

Best original song

WINNER: Skyfall (Skyfall)
'For You' (Act of Valor)
Not Running Anymore (Stand Up Guys)
Safe and Sound (The Hunger Games)
Suddenly (Les Miserables)
"Life of Pi" - Fox 2000; 20th Century Fox

Television drama

WINNER: Homeland
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey: Season 2
The Newsroom

Actress, TV drama

WINNER: Claire Danes - Homeland
Connie Britton - Nashville
Glenn Close - Damages
Michelle Dockery - Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife

Actor, TV drama

WINNER: Damian Lewis - Homeland
Steve Buscemi - Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels - The Newsroom
Jon Hamm - Mad Men


The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family

Actress, comedy

WINNER: Lena Dunham - Girls
Zooey Deschanel - New Girl
Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Veep
Tina Fey - 30 Rock
Amy Poehler - Parks and Recreation

Actor, comedy

WINNER: Don Cheadle - House of Lies
Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock
Louis CK - Louie
Matt LeBlanc - Episodes
Jim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory

TV movie or miniseries

WINNER: Game Change
The Girl
Hatfields & McCoys
The Hour
Political Animals

Actress, mini series or musical

WINNER: Julianne Moore - Game Change
Nicole Kidman - Hemingway & Gellhorn
Jessica Lange - American Horror Story: Asylum
Sienna Miller - The Girl
Sigourney Weaver - Political Animals

Actor, miniseries of TV movie

WINNER: Kevin Costner - Hatfields & McCoys
Benedict Cumberbatch - Sherlock
Woody Harrelson - "Game Change
Clive Owen - Hemingway & Gellhorn
Toby Jones - The Girl

Supporting actress

WINNER: Maggie Smith - Downton Abbey
Hayden Panettiere - Nashville
Archie Panjabi - The Good Wife
Sarah Paulson - Game Change
Sofía Vergara - Modern Family

Supporting actor

WINNER: Ed Harris - Game Change
Max Greenfield - New Girl
Danny Huston - Magic City
Eric Stonestreet - Modern Family
Mandy Patinkin - Homeland

Cecil B DeMille award

WINNER: Jodie Foster

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Emotional highlight??? That rambling,incoherent crap she was spewing??? I guess I was watching a different speech. Now I know why she keeps herself so private.

It was cringeworthy!