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Oscar Backstage: Bullock Talks The Blind Side Win

Oscar Backstage: Bullock Talks The Blind Side Win

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Best Actress winner Sandra Bullock gave the speech of the night. She was a class act, thanking her fellow nominees Helen Mirren and the “exquisite” Gabby Sidibe. Cary Mulligan’s “grace, elegance, beauty and talent make me sick,” she said. As for Meryl Streep, “she’s such a good kisser.” She had the audience laughing and crying.

“It looks like an auction in here,” Bullock said backstage, going on to answer a question in German. Her advice to acting students: “Don’t aspire to be in these shoes. Walk in your own. My mother beat it into our heads to be original. Everyone is unique, that’s what makes someone exciting to watch. Just savor who you are.”

Bullock reminds: “I didn’t aspire to this. I was in awe of it, I got to watch it like everyone else. I didn’t think the opportunity would present itself to rise to that occasion. This came out of left field. This is the film I said no to. If I thought it was going to be my golden ticket…Things came together in a way no one saw coming.”

Why she picked The Blind Side: “I love stories about passion, love of country, love of people, love of sport.”

Regarding the George Clooney dunk in the pool episode she mentioned onstage, Bullock said she had long looked forward to getting him back. “It was funny to everyone else but me.”

She got so much attention for her Meryl Streep kiss because it was Meryl Streep, she thinks.

Her Razzie and her Oscar will sit side by side. “We’re in the entertainment business, that’s what we do. I had the best time at the Razzies last night. It is what it is. It’s the great equalizer. Nothing ever lets me get too full of myself. They’ll sit side by side, maybe the Razzie will be on a different shelf, lower.”

“He doesn’t cry,” Bullock insists, when someone says her husband cried on global TV. “He’s over there. Don’t piss him off. I want to sit down and eat a burger, want to relax and not worry that the dress will bust open. Just eat.”

As to what she’ll do next: “I want to do everything,” she said. “I don’t like it when people tell me I can’t do something. Just because I won an Oscar doesn’t mean I don’t want to do a comedy. I love making people laugh. I just want to do work in every genre until I’m asked not to do it anymore.”

Here’s Bullock on the red carpet:

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The more I see and read of Sandra Bullock the more I admire her. She is a great actress, wonderful lady and very intelligent, a role model. Maybe she doesn’t want people to be like her, but at least people could try to achieve something in life, have goals and keep your promises, just like she does.
I’m very happy for her Oscar win, she deserves that and more. She’s had great performances over the years and justice was done last night.
Congratulations Sandra, I’m sure that success is a word that you have in mind every day and that is what you will get.


Honoring fellow nominees is fine but not to the point where you overshadow honoring the ones who inspired the film to begin with. There is very little time in the show and inspirational movies like the Blindside are so rare now in hollywood. It’s hightime they give them they’re due. Congrat’s Miss.Bullock! You where RADIANT in gold!


I agree, Sandra’s speech was the highlight of Oscar night for me. She was genuine, funny, and paid tribute to the other actresses. You’d think honoring your fellow nominees would be common sense, and yet I don’t see it that often. I’m so happy for Sandra…what an awesome year for her!

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