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Sandra Bullock: The compassion card

Oscar bookies have been placing their bets on Sandra Bullock. She could win the Best Actress Award on March 7 beating one of the finest performers the world has ever known, Meryl Streep, in Julie and Julia.

india Updated: May 16, 2012 12:23 IST
Gautaman Bhaskaran

Sandra BullockOscar Nomination for Best Actress: Sandra Bullock

Oscar bookies have been placing their bets on Sandra Bullock. She could win the Best Actress Award on March 7 beating one of the finest performers the world has ever known, Meryl Streep, in Julie and Julia.

Strictly speaking Bullock's win would not be on merit. She is certainly not as good in The Blind Side as Streep is in the Oscar nominated film. But Bull ock has never won the trophy, never having been nominated earlier. More importantly, at age 45, this may be her last chance to clinch the statuette, and the largely aging Academy may be inclined to look at her with a sense of sympathy.

Bullock's Oscar-nominated The Blind Side has her playing a loving mother and a critical wife, Leigh Anne Touhy. She is rich and leads a comfortable life with a doting husband and two lovely kids. But she has her heart in the right place and gives shelter to an oversized and undereducated black teenager, eventually turning him into a football hero.

The Blind Side followed two other movies of hers. All About Steve with Bradley Cooper, sank, but The

Gautaman Bhaskaan

Gautaman Bhaskaran

Proposal, which came after (co-starring Ryan Reynolds), made $ 160 million in America alone. The film was a surprise success that led to as she says "a stack of scripts". The stack could grow higher if she wins the Oscar.

Hollywood noticed her in 1995 after her While You were Sleeping hit the screens and turned her into a star. A Time to Kill (1996), Hope Floats(1998), Miss Congeniality (2000) and Two Weeks Notice (2002) kept her firmly in the imelight.

Gautaman Bhaskaran has been writing on the Oscars for many years