Sandra Bullock poised for first Oscar

Tue Feb 2, 2010 3:32pm EST
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After 20 years, Sandra Bullock is finally thinking of herself as a good actress. And Hollywood seems to agree.

Bullock, best known for romantic comedies like "Miss Congeniality" and "Two Weeks Notice," initially balked at portraying a real person in the drama "The Blind Side" but the role brought Bullock her first Oscar nomination on Tuesday.

Long a popular favorite, Bullock's change of gear in "The Blind Side" has brought her a slew of honors, including a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award.

Now the 45-year-old actress stands on the brink of winning the movie industry's highest honor for her performance as a wealthy, strong-willed Christian mom who takes a homeless black high school football player into her family.

"Who would have thought after all these years that I would be experiencing this moment now ... I certainly didn't," Bullock said in a statement.

She thanked the movie's director, John Lee Hancock, and producer, Gil Netter, and the other Oscar-nominated actresses who include veterans Meryl Streep and Helen Mirren.

"My time with them these past few months has meant more to me than anything," Bullock said.

Bullock has said she was terrified at the thought of playing Leigh Anne Tuohy, the blond Memphis mother whose true story is the basis of "The Blind Side."   Continued...

<p>Actress Sandra Bullock poses at a film premiere in Hollywood in this August 26, 2009 file photo. Bullock was nominated for best actress for her role in the film "The Blind Side" for the 82nd Academy Awards announced February 2, 2010. The Oscars will be presented in Hollywood March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files</p>