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Oscar Backstage: Bullock Talks The Blind Side Win

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 8, 2010 at 5:25AM

Best Actress winner Sandra Bullock gave the speech of the night. She was a class act, thanking her fellow nominees Helen Mirren and the "exquisite" Gabby Sidibe. Cary Mulligan's "grace, elegance, beauty and talent make me sick," she said. As for Meryl Streep, "she's such a good kisser." She had the audience laughing and crying.
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Best Actress winner Sandra Bullock gave the speech of the night. She was a class act, thanking her fellow nominees Helen Mirren and the "exquisite" Gabby Sidibe. Cary Mulligan's "grace, elegance, beauty and talent make me sick," she said. As for Meryl Streep, "she's such a good kisser." She had the audience laughing and crying.

"It looks like an auction in here," Bullock said backstage, going on to answer a question in German. Her advice to acting students: "Don't aspire to be in these shoes. Walk in your own. My mother beat it into our heads to be original. Everyone is unique, that's what makes someone exciting to watch. Just savor who you are."

Bullock reminds: "I didn't aspire to this. I was in awe of it, I got to watch it like everyone else. I didn't think the opportunity would present itself to rise to that occasion. This came out of left field. This is the film I said no to. If I thought it was going to be my golden ticket...Things came together in a way no one saw coming."

Why she picked The Blind Side: "I love stories about passion, love of country, love of people, love of sport."

Regarding the George Clooney dunk in the pool episode she mentioned onstage, Bullock said she had long looked forward to getting him back. "It was funny to everyone else but me."

She got so much attention for her Meryl Streep kiss because it was Meryl Streep, she thinks.

Her Razzie and her Oscar will sit side by side. "We're in the entertainment business, that's what we do. I had the best time at the Razzies last night. It is what it is. It's the great equalizer. Nothing ever lets me get too full of myself. They'll sit side by side, maybe the Razzie will be on a different shelf, lower."

"He doesn't cry," Bullock insists, when someone says her husband cried on global TV. "He's over there. Don't piss him off. I want to sit down and eat a burger, want to relax and not worry that the dress will bust open. Just eat."

As to what she'll do next: "I want to do everything," she said. "I don't like it when people tell me I can't do something. Just because I won an Oscar doesn't mean I don't want to do a comedy. I love making people laugh. I just want to do work in every genre until I'm asked not to do it anymore."

Here's Bullock on the red carpet:


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