When I heard the buzz about Jodie Foster's Golden Globe Awards speech, I immediately wondered, "What the heck did she win for?", since the only thing I remember her doing recently was The Beaver
, and I was kinda surprised anyone would be honoring her for that. (Turns out she was also in Polanksi's Carnage
, but I didn't know that until just now.) When I looked to see what she'd won, I must say I was extremely surprised she'd been awarded the Cecil B. Demille Award, which is given for "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment."
I find this sort of baffling. She's a fine actress, no doubt, but her lifetime body of work isn't particularly noteworthy, near as I can tell. Silence Of The Lambs
is considered a classic, and Taxi Driver
, of course, but after that, I'm hard-pressed to imagine what, exactly, she's being honored for. I love Contact
(and her performance in it), but I don't remember it being particularly popular or influential. Nell
(which I didn't like) created a lot of buzz at the time, but does anyone remember or watch it now? The Accused
was a big-screen Movie Of The Week-type deal, but again, who still talks about it now, let alone actually wants to sit through it? (It's not very good.)
Most of her career has been middling thrillers, little-loved costume dramas, mediocre comedies, and a whole lot of "she's so adult" roles when she was still a child. Just take a look at others who have received this award.
What is the justification for including her in the ranks of these (mostly) true luminaries? Sure, I could just change a few words and titles and this post would apply just as well to Robin Williams, so they ain't all
lifelong contributors to quality entertainment, but really, they mostly seem deserving to me, even if I don't particularly care for them (I'm not a fan of Bob Hope, for example, but I can certainly understand why he would be so honored.)
Just curious if maybe I've missed her influence or something over the years. Does it make sense that she received this award to anyone else?