Sandra Bullock hushes Oscar talk

Sun Jan 24, 2010 1:08am EST
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - For Sandra Bullock, sweeping up Hollywood awards is something new, but the actress said on Saturday after winning a SAG trophy that she didn't want to be just a "money maker" in any kind of movie, and that her latest film "The Blind Side" gave her that chance.

"If you look at my career, I don't think anyone would have said one day I can see her up here, no one would have predicted it, especially not me," Bullock, who was previously best known for light romantic fare, told reporters.

On Saturday, Bullock, 45, won a Screen Actors Guild Award for best actress in a movie drama, for playing a wealthy family woman who adopts a downtrodden high school football player.

That role in "The Blind Side" has performed at the box office like many of Bullock's movies, staying strong week after week, racking up a total of $231 million in the U.S. and Canada since its November release.

But it has also done something else for Bullock, earning her critical acclaim and a string of awards, including a Golden Globe last week and now a SAG Award.

When a reporter at the SAG Awards on Saturday suggested Bullock stands a good chance at winning her first Oscar, the actress "shushed" him mid-sentence and would not allow him to finish his question.

She also said that at one point, just considering herself an actress was difficult.

"I realized being an actor was something that I never owned up to, in a weird way," Bullock said.   Continued...

<p>Sandra Bullock bends to speak into a short microphone as she presents a lifetime achievement award to Betty White at the 16th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles January 23, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Blake</p>