Jodie Foster's Heartfelt Golden Globes Speech: Decoded

Jodie Foster Golden Globes 2013

So...what was she really talking about? And was she coming out as a lesbian?

"I guess I have a sudden urge to say something that I've never been able to air in public that I'm a little nervous about," Jodie Foster announced Sunday night at the 70th Annual Golden Globes during her acceptance speech for the Cecille B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. "But maybe not as nervous as my publicist."

Foster took the stage after being introduced by a close friend Robert Downey Jr. and watching a montage of her outstanding performances over the past 47 years — yes, Foster's been in show biz for almost half a century. She began acting at age three, and has continued to win two Academy Awards and two Golden Globes. But last night when she took the stage, no one was quite sure what to expect. And when she left the stage, no one quite knew what had just happened.

"I'm just going to put it out there, loud and proud," she said. "I'm going to need your support on this. I am single. Yes I am, I am single. No, I’m kidding — but I mean I’m not really kidding, but I’m kind of kidding. I mean, thank you for the enthusiasm. Can I get a wolf whistle or something? [Audience is silent for several seconds] ... be a big coming-out speech tonight 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 and co-workers and then gradually, proudly to everyone who knew her, to everyone she actually met."

She could be referring to her speech in 2007, when she first thanked her partner Cydney Bernard. Last night, she referred again to her, this time admitting her as her "ex-partner in love."

"There is 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. Thank you, Cyd. 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."

So, was the speech about coming out? It wasn't about retiring, as some thought; she cleared up that at the after party. Her heartfelt yet awkward speech jumped from her blessings as an actress to reality TV ("I am not Honey Boo Boo Child!") to her love for her friends — and we got a nice shot of Foster's old pal Mel Gibson tearing up — to her love for her dying mother and her two young sons. While the speech was emotional and poignant, it seemed like a mixture of far too many things at once, and we're still trying to sort it all out.

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