Golden Globes 2013…or the night when Jodie Foster upstaged Bubba

Setting aside the winners in each category, the 2013 Golden Globes will go down in history as the most interesting, funny and newsworthy awards ceremony in recent memory.

As others have mentioned on twitter and other social media/blog sites, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler should host the Golden Globe, Oscar and Emmy shows for as long as they want to do the job. Their humor was timely and appropriate for the occasion and they also didn’t have a problem poking fun at themselves when necessary. For all the naysayers who say that women aren’t as funny as men, they need only to look at all the ways in which Fey and Poehler and later Wiig kept the Golden Globes from turning into three hours of self-congratulatory narcissism. My only complaint- I really wish they were used more throughout the ceremony.

Also, in a moment that almost always falls flat during these ceremonies (when awards officials take the stage) Dr. Aida Takla-O’Reilly, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, made the most of her three minutes on stage. In an almost grandmotherly fashion, she chided the control booth when they didn’t follow her instructions to pan the audience, called out industry people for not knowing who she was in the first place and name checked Bradley Cooper at the end of her speech imploring him to “Call me maybe?”. She changed the game and effectively made it harder for other awards officials to just come out and make a bland statement during awards ceremonies. Rock on Dr. Aida for adding to the funny!

I also noticed that with women at the helm the ceremony was almost free of the usual testosterone filled bluster that pervades most of society including Hollywood.

It was also a night full of surprises. First Bubba aka Mr. Hillary Rodham Clinton introducing a clip from “Lincoln”. For most of the people in the room his arrival was like the second coming of Jesus…except for Tommy Lee Jones. Bitter much? I guess he’s still mad that Bubba didn’t help Al Gore enough in the 2000 campaign (Jones and Gore were college roommates). It was amusing to see Hollywood celebs snapping pictures and fawning all over him.

Also, Bubba is so damn mesmerizing. He can make the most mundane of topics the most exciting thing you’ve heard all day. For all of his faults (DOMA, DADT and Monica) he still has it.

Only in the United States would Jodie Foster upstage a former President but she did it. In what will go down in history as the most non-coming out coming out speech ever, Foster finally acknowledged what most of Hollywood, her closest friends and family and the wider LGBTQ community already knew. That she is a lesbian (of course in pure Jodie fashion she didn’t utter the word nor did she say the word gay) and has been raising two boys with her former partner Cydney Bernard (they started dating in 1993 and broke up in 2008).

Many people have already weighed in on her coming out speech and the opinions are all over the map. I personally believe that every person’s journey towards coming out to the public is as unique as the person coming out. My coming out was vastly different from everyone I’ve met or read about. Look at how long it took for Meredith Baxter, Kristy McNichol and Kelly McGillis to come out to name just a few slightly older women in Hollywood.

Also, Foster has had to deal with being a public figure for 47 years (she is 50 now) and is the only person to have a someone (John Hinckley) try to assassinate a president (Ronald Reagan) in order to impress her. Ironically, Hinckley shot Reagan at a time when Foster was out of the limelight attending Yale (Hinckley began stalking Foster while Foster was at Yale). I think these two incidents, being a working actor beginning at the age of 3 and the Hinckley situation, have caused Foster to retreat from society in a way that other celebs haven’t.

Prior to posting my thoughts on the Golden Globes I read Alison Arngrim (she is a former child star aka Nellie Olson from Little House on the Prairie) twitter feed since she had some very cogent points about being a child star and the effects it has on your pysche. I agree with everything Arngrim said. Her twitter feed is https://twitter.com/arngrim.

The one message I want to convey to the LGBTQ organizations who are itching to give Foster some award. Wait until she does something meaningful for our community. I’m looking at you HRC and GLAAD!

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