Where Does Jodie Foster Speech Rank in the Golden Globes Pantheon?

The most miraculous aspect of last night’s Golden Globes Lifetime acceptance speech by Jodie Foster is that it put forth the same level of ballroom and telecast entertainment as Ving Rhames’ hand-off of his Don King: Only in America 1998 acting statuette to Jack Lemmon. With Mel Gibson providing the throw-to audience celebrity extra flavor rather than Jack Nicholson and Jim Carrey.

Seriously. We watched the above clip before last night’s 70th Golden Globes and told ourselves how lucky we and everyone else would be if something came close. Well, thanks to Foster’s remarkable six-and-a-half-minute speech, that’s exactly what happened.

Just as Rhames beautifully summed up the life of a successful film artist with references to Stanislavski and “giving,” so too last night did Foster. Her speech was about a lifetime of art… cotton-balled by scrutiny,  fame and the 21st century’s toxic devaluation of privacy.

Foster was in the audience the night Rhames and Lemmon did their thing (in fact, towards the end of the above footage, there is a wonderful laughing-reaction shot of her). Last night, fourteen years after the King of all Golden Globe moments, Foster commandingly stepped forth as queen. And in so doing, she no doubt had both Rhames and the late Lemmon smiling. Pure magic.