The list of award winners thanking their spouses, especially for having their back, is long tonight. Sandra Bullock also did so, accepting best actress drama for The Blind Side. (Mickey Rourke made a nasty grimace when he read her win.) Backstage, resplendent in purple Bottega Veneta, Bullock asked, “Can you see through my dress?” She took a modest route. “I am as shocked as many people are that I have been this lucky and blessed,” she said. “I don’t know what to make of it, how to be.”
She initially turned down the role because even though John Lee Hancock’s script “was beautiful, there were no flaws, I didn’t think I could bring anything worthy to the table. I met Leigh Anne Tuohy and I had a day with her in Memphis.” Finally, she didn’t want anyone else to do the role. “I had to step up to the plate and leave my comfort zone,” she said. She thanked Hancock for stalking her, she said. “And I am so glad he was so persistent.”
Bullock also thanked her opera singer parents and sister for setting the bar very high. She grew up in Europe loving films with physical comedy, Jerry Lewis and Carol Burnett and Tim Conway.
Video of Bullock’s acceptance speech:
With Nine blasted out of contention by venal critics and weak box office, raunchy comedy The Hangover –as predicted by many–won best comedy.
Backstage, director Todd Phillips said that he “just set out to make a funny comedy. To be here with all these people and to be considered is amazing.” He’s in the process of writing a sequel to shoot in October, out next Memorial Day. “That’s our plan.” The new film is not about Las Vegas, he said, “but about these four guys, putting them through a whole new set of paces.”
Boxer Mike Tyson accompanied the rest of the cast backstage: “I didn’t really have too much faith in the movie,” he admitted, but he liked Old School. “Todd said, ‘This is going to be a big movie, you’re going to get so many girls.’ I had no idea it would be this magnitude. Before, I was on drugs and things were dark…this gave me a new lease on life, started me over.”
Heather Graham cited “female empowerment” in her performance as a hippy stripper.