11:18 AM EST, January 14, 2013
Jodie Foster broke out of the wall of privacy that usually surrounds her with a show-stopping appearance that stunned the nation. Today, she's winning plaudits for her straight-from-the heart speech.
"I guess I have a sudden urge to say something that I've never really been able to air in public," said Foster.
Rosie O'Donnell tweeted: "Jodie Foster - rather amazing."
And Kathy Griffin tweeted: 'I'm a big Jodie Foster fan, especially 2nite."
Jodie's sons, Charles, 14, and Kit 11, were in the audience. They are rarely seen in public with her.
Foster said, "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."
She came out—kind of—acknowledging her former companion at her table and confirming what most of us already suspected.
"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," said Foster.
The audience of stars blinked back tears as Foster talked about her ailing mom.
"You're a great mom. Please take that with you when you're finally ok to go," said Foster.
Not everyone was impressed. New York Post TV columnist Linda Stasi called Foster, "the most confused human ever to hit the Golden Globes stage."
Jodie's still a loyal friend to Mel Gibson, despite those controversial rants that have made him a near-outcast. He was seated next to her at her table and seemed more stunned than anyone when she said, "Mel, you know you saved me too."
Gibson spoke with Deborah Norville on the red carpet.
"She's been at this game longer than most of us and she's younger than most of us and more beautiful. The astounding thing about her longevity in this business is that she hasn't been marred by it," said Gibson.
50-year-old Jodie Foster also shocked everyone when she hinted she is retiring.
"I may never be on a stage again," she said.
But she quashed that impression backstage.
"Oh no! I could never stop acting. You'd have to drag me behind a team of horses," said Foster.