The Golden Globes are giving women their due this year! First the Hollywood Foreign Press Association selected the queens of contemporary television, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, to host this year's event, and now they've decided to give actress-director Jodie Foster the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. The award was named for DeMille as it's first recipient in 1952. Since then, its recipients have frequently been male, though memorable female honorees include Judy Garland, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, and Audrey Hepburn. Foster will be the first female recipient to receive this award since Barbara Streisand in 2000.

While only 50, it makes sense that Foster is already earning lifetime achievement awards as she had been involved in the entertainment industry since the age of three when she made her screen debut as The Coppertone Girl in a TV spot. By 14 she had already cemented her importance in film by portraying the iconic teen prostitute Iris in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver. Since then she has performed in more than 40 films, winning Oscars and Golden Globes for the gritty crime dramas The Accused and The Silence of the Lambs. The same year as her second win, Foster debuted her first directorial feature Little Man Tate, which was met with critical praise, as were her follow-ups Home for the Holidays and The Beaver.

But Foster's contribution to film in its art and industry is more far reaching than her filmography alone might suggest. Whatever the project or whoever she associates with, Foster has maintained an incredible sense of integrity in a business that is often destructive to starlets. Through her career and reputation, Foster has proved an inspiration to countless young women looking to enter the entertainment industry. One of these is Kristen Stewart, who announced the Demille honor yesterday alongside Simon Baker of TV's The Mentalist. Memorably, Stewart, who co-starred with a 12-year-old Stewart in Panic Room, endured an insane public shaming this year, but was publicly defended and supported by Foster. It's safe to assume that she was glad to have the opportunity to play a part in the announcement of Foster's latest accomplishment.

But HFPA president Dr. Aida Takla O’Reilly has the final word (via Coming Soon):
“Jodie is a multifaceted woman that has achieved immeasurable amounts of success and will continue to do so in her career. Her ambition, exuberance and grace have helped pave the way for budding artists in this business. She's truly one of a kind."

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