February 2, 2014 at 4:20 pm #137995
I’m not a big fan of creating topics like this one because I know this can lead to some very unnecessary arguments but I was wondering: besides the fact that she’s beloved in the industry, what other factors contributed to her win?. Don’t get me wrong, I love Sandra Bullock so much it’s not even healthy but I rewatched this movie earlier today and while I found her quite good I don’t think she delivered a performance good enough for an Oscar nomination, let alone a win. Can we talk about this please?February 2, 2014 at 4:22 pm #137997
Because it was a true story and she was a real person. Because of the heroic nature of the role (she was a do-gooder)… Kind of like Susan Sarandon’s win for Dead Man Walking.February 2, 2014 at 4:28 pm #137998
By that logic Naomi Watts would’ve won the Oscar in a cake walk. Except she didn’t have the whole hero/do-gooder thing going on for her.February 2, 2014 at 4:29 pm #137999
Don’t want to fight to anyone here and respect whatever backlash this will have but she just won, because there was no competition, nothing better, she was miles better this year in Gravity.February 2, 2014 at 4:53 pm #138000
Frankly, Gabourey Sidibe probably should have won for “Precious” but she wasn’t glamorous enough. And because nobody knew her at the time, I don’t think people realized how much she actually transformed her personality for that role. I think they found some big girl off the streets to play herself on screen. But in actuality, Gabourey couldn’t have been further from the character she was playing.February 2, 2014 at 4:56 pm #138001
This was a very weak year in terms of competition, allowing for a sentimental favorite to win.
Also, there is a difference between Blind Side and Dead Man Walking. Dead Man Walking is a good movie.February 2, 2014 at 5:12 pm #138002
Well-liked star + real-life person + $$$$$$$$$$ = Oscar.February 2, 2014 at 5:21 pm #138003
Frankly, Gabourey Sidibe probably should have won for “Precious” but she wasn’t glamorous enough. And because nobody knew her at the time, I don’t think people realized how much she actually transformed her personality for that role. I think they found some big girl off the streets to play herself on screen. But in actuality, Gabourey couldn’t have been further from the character she was playing.
Agreed. Gabby Sidibe should have won, and it’s sad because I don’t think she’ll get another Oscar vehicle ever againFebruary 2, 2014 at 5:37 pm #138004
Carey Mulligan for An Education would get my vote, but Sidibe would also be a deserving winner. Sandra Bullock does a capable but unremarkable job in a bland, shallow and, worst of all, very boring movie.February 2, 2014 at 5:55 pm #138005
I remember at that time, days before it opened, Tom O’neil wrote something about a critic (don’t remember who) saying”this is Sandra’s Erin Brockovich” .
The competition was split between two newbies and La Streep. with no clear frontrunner
February 2, 2014 at 5:56 pm #138006
I also think it mattered that at the time, it seemed like that would probably be their only chance to reward her. She hadn’t done much noteworthy dramatic work and they probably figured with the Blind Side it was now or never. If Gravity came out in 2010 and started playing trailers like in November of 2009, it is very possible she would not have one, in which case honestly Mulligan probably fits the mold the bestFebruary 2, 2014 at 7:16 pm #138007
She was able to steadily build credibility as an actress beyond romatic comedies. She was in Crash and Infamous which established her as an actress with range. And then The Blind Side put her in a vehicle where she was able to display her tremendous growth as an actress, got her great reviews, and made a ton of money. And then she outdid herself in Gravity! But it all started with Crash.February 2, 2014 at 7:21 pm #138008
Shades of McConaughey this year, rewarding a career turn around. Difference being (and in fairness I’m basing this off of what I’ve heard, I have pretty much zero desire to see the Blind Side) MM gives an Oscar worthy performance.February 2, 2014 at 7:27 pm #138009
I’m sick and tired of peoples bashing on bullock. Did she deserve the oscar? Probably not. Was she great in the blind side? Absolutely.February 2, 2014 at 7:46 pm #138010
I think Sandra benfitted from exceptionally strong word of mouth early on and the momentum just continued to build throughout award season. A movie few expected to do anything suddenly became a massive success and continued to get great press.