Out on the town, Golden girl Jodie shocks no­body

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - REELNEWS | NEWS -

The Golden Globes were dis­trib­uted on Sun­day, but, as the par­ties wound down, no­body was talk­ing much about the awards them­selves.

Yes, Argo pulled off some­thing of an up­set by beat­ing Steven Spiel­berg’s Lin­coln to best dra­matic pic­ture. True, the Lin­coln team must have been disap- pointed to pick up just one Globe: Daniel Day-Lewis’s best ac­tor award. But the book­ies still have the his­tor­i­cal epic ahead in the Os­car stakes. Most of the chat­ter had to do with Jodie Fos­ter’s agree­ably ram­bling ac­cep­tance of the Ce­cil B DeMille award for life­time achieve­ment.

The words “coming out” were im­me­di­ately at­tached to the state­ment. Was it really that? She has thanked her (same-sex) part­ner in ear­lier speeches. Ev­ery­body with ears and a brain knew that Fos­ter had been in a long-term gay re­la­tion­ship.

But this was Fos­ter’s most un­am­bigu­ous ac­knowl­edg­ment of her sex­u­al­ity to date. Half­way through her speech, Fos­ter, now 50, sideswiped the au­di­ence by say­ing: “I have a sud­den urge to say some­thing that I’ve never really been able to air in pub­lic.”

You didn’t need pow­ers of div­ina­tion to guess where this was head­ing. Fos­ter went on to de­scribe Cyd­ney Bernard, the woman with whom she raised two sons, as “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.” Hang on. Ski buddy? How ap­palling!

Fos­ter an­nounces her love of ski­ing at the Golden Globes

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