Boomers Prove Golden, Lincoln Nearly Shut Out of Globes
By Mike Crisolago
It was a night of surprise wins, award show vindication, and one cryptic acceptance speech at the 70th annual Golden Globes.
The emerging theme of the evening saw presumed Oscar favourite Lincoln getting swept in every category but one. Seven-time Globe nominee Daniel Day-Lewis, 55, won his second gold statuette, this time for his portrayal of Honest Abe in the presidential pic. The Golden Globes – often considered a good predictor of how the Academy Awards may play out – suggest thatLincoln, which leads the Oscar nominations with 12, could be in for a rough night of playing the bridesmaid.
Other Lincoln stars who fell just short last night include Sally Field, 66, nominated in the best supporting actress category for her turn as Mary Todd Lincoln, which went to Les Miserables star Anne Hathaway; Tony Kushner, 56, whose screenplay was passed over for Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained; and director Steven Spielberg, 66, bested by Argo director Ben Affleck, who many believe the Academy snubbed by omitting him from their directing category.
The other big news of the evening came courtesy of Jodie Foster, who at age 50 was celebrated with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for her acclaimed career in film. Foster began by shouting “I’m 50! … I was going to bring my walker tonight but it just didn’t go with the cleavage,” and followed with an acceptance speech that at one point served as a public coming out and at other times suggested that she was retiring.
“I’m just going to put it out there, loud and proud …” Foster began, before joking that she was announcing that she’s single. “I hope you’re not disappointed that there won’t be a big coming-out speech tonight. I already did my coming-out about a thousand years ago back in the stone age in those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends and family and co-workers and then gradually, proudly to everyone who knew her to everyone she actually met.”
Foster went on to discuss her life in the spotlight, thank her family and then let loose with some cryptic comments that left many wondering if she was stepping away from the silver screen.
“From now on, I may be holding a different talking stick … maybe it won’t open on 3,000 screens, maybe it’ll 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.”
As it turns out, in the press room after the show, Foster clarified that she wasn’t retiring but possibly looking at directing more.