Anyone who lived the Award Season of 2009 knows that Sandra Bullock’s triumph for The Blind Side was frustrating to say the least. Most of us really didn’t take seriously until she started winning the Critic’s Choice Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and eventually the Academy Award( the Golden Globe was not that surprising considering their love for big stars and her double nomination that year). Yes, 2009 was a vastly weak year for Lead Actress performances, but Bullock’s performance was the bottom of the barrel for most people. The average movie-goer loved the film and supported her win until their deaths, but people who really cared about film and acting knew she wasn’t even worthy of consideration for the award.
Yahoo Movies has just reported that Bullock made this statement: “What [winning an Oscar] does do is it makes you realize how hard you have to work to earn it,” continued Sandra. “I didn’t feel worthy of it when I got it, so I thought, ‘Okay, I’m going to spend the rest of my life earning it, but having a really good time in the process as well.’ So out of body experience completely, but it’s exhaustion I had as well.”
Enormous respect on my behalf has risen for Bullock. She didn’t have to say that, she could go on and promote her future films with the “Academy Award Winner” spiked above her name on the posters and film trailers, but I think Bullock knows she’d only be cheating herself. It’s a very bold thing to say, and also a very honest one. I’ve always respected Bullock as person, I think she’s a doll in interviews, but this is a huge indication she’s a beautiful, honest, and hard-working human being.
This is reminiscent of Bullock accepting her Razzie for Worst Actress of the year for All About Steve, the same year she won the Oscar. She takes all her bad press with confidence and smoothes everything over with light-hearted jokes. As an actress, Bullock isn’t a terrible one. She’s headlined some awful movies, but she’s turned in some charming performances in her many romantic comedies. Is she awful in The Blind Side? No; solid but certainly nothing to reward for being the best of the year. The performance that always stood out of Bullock’s for me is her 5 minute-screentimed role in Crash. I really felt her character in the few scenes she had and was my favorite plot line amongst the huge cast.
I wish Bullock all the luck in the world with Gravity. The buzz for the film has been stirring for weeks and her performance is said to put her work in The Blind Side to shame. If you combine an actual quality performance with her star power, surely she’ll be nominated again this year. It looks like an interesting film, one I’m sure will benefit her career. In movies, we should only look at the actor through the character and judge them on how well they can portray that person. Sandra Bullock is one of those people who makes film gurus question that principle.