Monday, March 08, 2010

Oscar lesson: take all awards with a grain of salt; Sandra Bullock wins a Razzie for Worst Actress and an Oscar for Best Actress in the same weekend.

Bullock embraces the Oscar -- and a Razzie

By Yael T. Abouhalkah, Kansas City Star Editorial Page columnist

Sandra Bullock showed a humble side over the weekend that's going to play well with movie audiences in the future. It was a great career move for an appealing actress.

Second things first:

On Sunday, Bullock won the Best Actress Oscar for "The Blind Side." She had been a co-favorite along with Meryl Streep, but still discounted a bit given her past as an actress with a history of fluffy comedic roles (although the pretty good "28 Days" was definitely an exception).

Bullock on Sunday night gave an emotional acceptance speech that talked about all the great actors she had been up against in the competition, thanked her mom and paid homage to people who accept others into their lives, as her character did in "Blind Side."

Long gone are the days of "Miss Congeniality," it appeared.

But it was what Bullock did Saturday that also caught my eye.

She actually showed up at the Razzies, a low-brow "award" show that proclaims which actors and movies were the worst of the past year.

Bullock "won" a Golden Raspberry for worst actress for her performance in "All About Steve."

In good humor -- but with remarks tinged with some tartness -- she said she wasn't sure enough judges had actually seen her work in the show, and she offered to give all audience members DVDs of the movie.

The publicity-getting move showed Bullock doesn't always take herself so seriously. It's the kind of step that could endear her even more with audiences.

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