Jodie Foster's Golden Globes Speech: Surprisingly Personal

Why did the very private actress open up about her personal life in her acceptance speech?
2:47 | 01/15/13

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Back at 7:42, with a look at the huge reaction to jodie foster's emotional speech sunday night at the golden globes. She took to the stage for the lifetime achievement awar in doing so, put up a lifetime of feelings. I'm going to put it out there. Jodie foster, unguarded and fiercely candid. I am single. Reporter: On stage, accepting THE CECIL B. DeMILLE LIFETIME Achievement award for nearly seven minutes. Captivating and emotional. I did my coming out about 1,000 years ago, in the stone a age. Those quaint days when a fragile girl would open up to friends and family. Reporter: She openly thanked her partner and co-parent, sidney bernard. My expartner in love. Reporter: And paid homage to the son they share. I'm so proud of our modern family. Our amazing sons, charlie and kip. Reporter: It was foster's most public acknowledgment of the relationship. She thanked her beautiful sydney, but never clarified what that meant. Jesse tyler ferguson, tweeting, jodie foster, you are perfection. I love you. Comedienne kathy griffin, her speech tells lgbt youth, america has evolved. Be proud of who you are. The actress has been in the public eye since the age of 3, in "taxi driver" and "silence of the lambs." But remained guarded about her personal life. I have kept everything up there. If you had to fight for life that felt real and honest and normal against all odds, maybe you, too, would value privacy above all else. That struck a chord in hollywood, this woman has been public property since she was a toddler. I think that registered, interestingly, far more than whether she's gay or not gay. Reporter: While it seems foster was hinting at retirement. It feels like the end of one era and the beginning of something else. Reporter: Backstage, she was quick to say no, this is not her last act. I could never stop acting. You'd have to drag me behind a team of horses. The impression we got in the theater about the new act she spoke of, is living with the freedom of having spoken her mind. There was not a dry eye in the house. Coming up, more on "good

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