Oscar Actors: Bullock, Sandra–The Blind Side, Gravity

SANDRA BULLOCK received her second Best Actress Oscar nomination for playing Dr. Ryan Stone in Alfonos Cuaron’s astonishing Gravity, co-starring George Clooney.

Bullock is one of Hollywood’s most sought after leading ladies. In 2010, Bullock won the Best Actress Award for her role in The Blind Side, where she portrays the matriarch of a conservative suburban household-based on the true story of Michael Oher.

The Blind Side was released in 2009 and earned $309 million worldwide at the box office. Bullock also won a Critics’ Choice Award, a Golden Globe, and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her portrayal of Leigh Anne Tuohy. In the same year, Sandra starred in Disney’s enormously successful The Proposal which earned over $317 million worldwide, and garnered her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy.

Bullock was recently seen in the highly successful buddy cop comedy, The Heat, opposite Melissa McCarthy.

Following acclaimed roles in several motion pictures, Sandra Bullock’s breakthrough came in the 1994 runaway hit, Speed. Her next two features, While You Were Sleeping, which earned her first Golden Globe nomination, and The Net, were both critical and popular successes. Other credits include starring roles in A Time to Kill, In Love and War, Two if by Sea, The Vanishing, Demolition Man, Wrestling Ernest Hemingway, The Thing Called Love, Divine Secrets of The Ya Ya Sisterhood, and the psychological thriller Murder By Numbers, which she also executive produced. She received critical acclaim for her role as Harper Lee in Infamous, a film that chronicles Truman Capote’s life from 1959 through 1965. Her other recent films include Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, the psychological thriller Premonition, The Lake House, also starring Keanu Reeves, Crash, an independent film directed by Paul Haggis, as well as Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous.

Bullock has received numerous awards and nominations for her work, including two Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, five MTV Movie Awards, an American Comedy Award, eight Teen Choice Awards, five People’s Choice Awards for Favorite Female Movie Star, a Screen Actor’s Guild Award and three Golden Globe nominations. Additionally, in 1996 and in 2001, Bullock was voted NATO/ShoWest “Female Star of the Year.”

Bullock has donated millions of dollars to support the work of the American Red Cross, including donations in response to the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunamis, and relief efforts following the recent earthquakes in Haiti and Japan. In addition, she continually supports New Orleans’ Warren Easton Charter School, the oldest public high school in the state of Louisiana, which was damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.