WATCH: Jodie Foster's moving 'coming out' speech at the Golden Globes


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Last night at The Golden Globes, actress Jodie Foster was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Her acceptance speech - moving, apparently heartfelt and occasionally puzzling - has sent tongues wagging.

Foster came out as gay - or rather affirmed her right to only come out to her friends and family, not publicly. She said "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, coworkers, and then gradually, proudly, to everyone who knew her, to everyone she actually met."

That wasn't the only point of controversy. Foster also makes a plea for privacy for celebrities and appears to announce her retirement from acting, although - clever lady - her words are ambiguous enough to allow lots of room for manoeuvre should she change her mind in the future.

Here's what the internet is saying:

@lenadunham: The highlights of my evening (aside from the obvious) were Bill Clinton and Jodie Foster. Also seeing Adele turns out to be like seeing G-d

@zachbraff: Jodie Foster's seizure/speech was moving.

@BrettEastonEllis: Jodie Foster speech: doesn't really come out, brags about being 50, kills off her mother, celebrated by the LBGT community for coming out...

@ChloeGMoretz: "I will continue to tell stories to move people by being moved" -Jodie Foster

@Alancumming: Aww Jodie foster, I would like to be your friend

@ThatSashaJames: Here's that picture of Mel Gibson during Jodie Foster's