She added, seriously, "I came out a long, long time ago." She said that did her coming out to friends a long time ago (though not in a public forum), acknowledged she had a female partner when she thanked Cydney Bernard, who she also called out as the co-parent of their children.
Bringing many to tears, Foster, who has been on camera most of her life as an actress and a director, suggested her career will be changing: "I'm never going to be up on this stage again. I will continue to tell stories, but from now on, I may be holding a different talking stick."
The 50-year-old added, "Jodie Foster is still here, I still am, and I want to be seen to be understood, deeply and to not be so very lonely."Related Video: Jodie Foster is 50 and fabulous
Claudine Zap writes for Yahoo! Movies