Golden Globes 2013: Jodie Foster Comes Out in Acceptance Speech (VIDEO)

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After years of preaching for more privacy in Hollywood, Jodie Foster has finally opened up.

While accepting the Cecil B. DeMille award at the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards, the actress feignly built up to a big announcement about her ever-hush-hush personal life.

“So while I’m here being all confessional, I guess I just have the sudden urge to say something that I’ve never really been able to air in public, a declaration that I’m a little nervous about but not quite as nervous as my publicist,” she said, seemingly anxious. “But I’m just going to put it out there, loud and proud.”

“I’m going to need your support on this. I am…single,” Foster declared, as the Beverly Hilton Hotel crowd broke out into laughter and applause. “Yes, I am. I am single. No, I’m kidding. No, I’m not really kidding, but I’m kind of kidding. I mean, thank you for the enthusiasm.”

For years, there has been speculation about Foster’s sexuality. But she has always tip-toed around the topic publicly — until now. “I already did my coming out speech about a thousand years ago back in the Stone Age,” she said, recalling how “a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends, and family, and coworkers and gradually, proudly to everyone who knew her, to everyone she had actually met.”

But times have changed. As Hollywood has grown more press-and paparazzi-saturated, stars’ private lives have become ever more public, a fact that Foster has repeatedly bemoaned.

“Every celebrity is expected to honor the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance and a primetime reality show,” she said, joking that she is “not Honey Boo Boo Child,” the six-year-old child beauty pageant tot famed for her TLC show. “I never was and I never will be…. But seriously, if you had been a public figure from the time that 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.”

Foster has in fact made a case for celebrities’ right to privacy in the past, even penning an open letter last summer as her Panic Room costar Kristen Stewart faced a fierce media firestorm for cheating on her boyfriend Robert Pattinson with director Rupert Sanders.

“Privacy. Some day, in the future, people will look back and remember how beautiful it once was,” Foster mused. “I have given everything up there from the time that I was three years old, that’s reality show enough, don’t you think?”

After tipping her hat to her team of “lifers,” Foster took a moment to thank film producer Cydney Bernard, whom she hailed her “heroic co-parent” of sons Charles, 14, and Kit, 11.

“There is no way I could ever stand here without acknowledging one of the deepest loves of my life…my ex-partner in love but righteous soul sister in life, my confessor, ski buddy, consigliere, my most-beloved BFF of 20 years,” Foster said. “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, like all of this, is for you.”

After Foster earned cheers and tears from the crowd — and a “we’re going home with Jodie Foster” from hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler — the applause continued on Twitter.

Here’s a roundup of Hollywood is saying about Foster’s acceptance speech:

Ramona Singer: Amazing speech by @jodiefoster golden globes !brought tears 2 my eyes n everyone in the audience Who else was so moved ?

Kat Dennings: KEEP SECRETS, Y’ALL #jodiefoster

Jesse Tyler Ferguson: Jodie Foster. You are perfection. I love you

Rosie O’Donnell: jodie foster – rather amazing speech

Piers Morgan: No idea what the hell Jodie Foster just did – but it was brilliant. #goldenglobes

Jaimie Alexander: Wow. Jodie Foster. Deepest gratitude and respect for your open soul and honesty. You’ve set a new standard. Class and dignity.

Emmy Rossum: Jodie Foster is an inspiration. Incredible speaker. So moving.

Nina Garcia: Great quote by Jodie Foster: “normal is not something to aspire” great speech #goldenglobes

Kristin Chenoweth: @rosie im bawling. Jodie foster killed me. Wonderful.

Alan Cumming: Aww Jodie foster, I would like to be your friend

Kate Bosworth: “Normal is not something to aspire to, it’s something to get away from.” – Jodie Foster

Patti Stanger: @jodiefoster omg amazing speech….i heard your cry. Who you gonna call?

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