Sandra Bullock has been a fan favorite since her first significant appearance in 1993’s “Demolition Man.”
She has a girl-next-door quality to her, with a dash of the wild tossed in for good measure. Bullock’s film roles always appear to have the same underlying tone: she’s kind.
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Today, let’s check some of her best performances in the movies:
1. The Blind Side (2009)
Sandra Bullock grew tough, went blonde, and gave her best performance in “The Blind Side,” which is based on an actual incident.
Bullock received her first Academy Award nomination for her role as an affluent, outspoken wife and mother who takes in a homeless boy and radically transforms his life.
Of course, changing the teenager’s life also changes the rest of her life.
2. Gravity (2013)
For her performance in this sci-fi thriller, Bullock received her second Academy Award nomination.
Bullock performs as a one-woman performance for most of the film (the only other actor who physically appears in the movie is George Clooney).
Dr. Ryan Stone, played by Bullock, is a rookie astronaut who is stuck in orbit after her space shuttle is destroyed. At the 86th Academy Awards, the picture received seven Oscar nominations.
3. 28 Days (2000)
Sandra Bullock plays a drunk and rowdy newspaper writer who is brought to a treatment clinic to straighten up, not to be confused with Danny Boyle’s “28 Days Later.”
Bullock, despite her initial opposition to the treatment, eventually sees the light and recognizes that she has a problem that will not go away without help.
Viggo Mortensen co-stars as a major league baseball player and fellow treatment center patient who has an emotional connection with Bullock.
4. Infamous (2006)
Even though “Capote” beat “Infamous” to the punch, opening in theatres before “Infamous” and winning all of the prizes, “Infamous” is the better film of the two.
Both films follow author Truman Capote as he researches his novel “In Cold Blood” on the murder of the Clutter family.
Bullock portrays Harper Lee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who wrote: “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
5. Crash (2004)
“Crash” follows a group of ethnically varied Los Angeles residents, including a Persian store owner, a Mexican locksmith, an upper-class housewife (played by Bullock), and a middle-aged Korean couple, as their lives clash, and explores the nuances of racial tolerance.
Every actor in this picture is fantastic, and Bullock gives one of her best dramatic performances as a rich, pampered woman. At the 78th Academy Awards, “Crash” was controversially awarded Best Picture.
6. Divine Secrets of Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)
This tale of Southern living and problematic family ties benefits from a strong ensemble cast that includes Bullock, Ashley Judd, Ellen Burstyn, James Garner, Shirley Knight, Maggie Smith, and Fionnula Flanagan, and is nearly the exact definition of “chick flick.”
7. Hope Floats (1998)
Birdee (Bullock) packs up her daughter and returns to her hometown, where her mother welcomes her with open arms, after learning of her husband’s adultery during an appearance on a nationally aired TV talk show.
Justin, played by Harry Connick Jr., is a former classmate of Birdee’s who opens her heart to the possibility of fresh love.
8. While You Were Sleeping (1995)
This endearing picture is a feel-good film with just enough lighter humor to avoid it from becoming too depressing.
Sandra Bullock believes she is in love with a man she has never met, and his family believes she is his fiancee after she saves him from being run over by a train.
She finds true love in the shape of his brother when he is in a coma.
9. The Net (1995)
This 1995 film made Sandra Bullock the poster babe for all computer/tech geeks worldwide, although it is now outmoded.
In this thriller of cyber espionage, Bullock plays a software expert who becomes the victim of identity theft and is thrown into a life-or-death conflict.
10. Miss Congeniality (2000)
To track down a serial killer, Sandra Bullock plays an FBI agent who is compelled to go undercover at the Miss United States Beauty Pageant.
What’s the catch? Bullock is clumsy, lacks fashion sense, and laughs like a horse. To put it another way, she’s an ugly duckling who’ll require a lot of work before she can pass for a swan.
“Miss Congeniality: Armed and Fabulous,” the sequel released in 2005, was a disappointment.
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