Best: Jodie Foster's speech
Here is a transcript of most of Jodie Foster's acceptance speech upon receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award. To say it's an instant classic is something of an understatement.
"I'm fifty!" "47 years in the film business is a long, long time." "Loud and proud. I am gonna need your support on this. I'm single." "I already did my coming out about 1,000 years ago. Now, 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. That was never me. It never was and it never will be. Please don't cry, because my reality show is so boring. I would have to make out with Marion Cotillard or spank Daniel Craig's bottom just to stay on the air. It's not bad work if you can get it though. But, seriously, if you had been a public figure since you were a toddler. If you had to fight for a life that felt real and honest and normal against all odds. Then maybe you too might value privacy above all else. Privacy. Some day, in the future, people will look back and remember how beautiful it once was. I have given everything up there since the time I was three-years-old. That's reality show enough, don't you think? There are a few secrets to keeping your psyche intact over such a long career. The first? Love people and stay beside them. That table over there? 222? Way out in Idaho, Paris, Stockholm? That one next to the bathroom with all the infamous faces? The very same faces for all these years. My acting agent Joe Funicello. Joe, do you believe it? 38 years we've been working together? Even though he doesn't count the first eight. Matt Saber, Pat Kingsley, Jennifer Allen, Grant Allen..lifers. My family of friends both her and at home. And, of course, Mel Gibson. Y'know you saved me too. 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, my consolari, most beloved, BFF of twenty years, Cydney Bernard. Thank you Cyd. I am so proud of all our modern family. Our amazing sons Charlie and Kit who are my reason to breathe, my blood and soul. And boys, in case you didn't know it? This song? Like, all of this? This song is for you. Which 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 enter into your soul and 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 your'e finally OK to go. You see Charlie and Kit, sometime your Mom loses it too. I can't help to get mooney. This feels like the end of one era and the beginning of something else. Scary and exciting and no what? Well, I'm never gonna be up on this stage again. On any stage, for that matter. Change. Gotta love it. I will continue to tell stories. To move people by being moved is the greatest job in the world. It's just 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 that only dogs can hear it whistle, but it will be my writing on the wall. Jodie Foster was here. I still am and I want to be seen, to be understood deeply and to be not so very lonely. Thank you, all of you for the company. Here's to the next 50 years."