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Tom and Pete dish Oscars: Does Sandra Bullock deserve to win?

March 5, 2010 |  8:57 pm

My Envelope colleague Pete Hammond (Notes on a Season) and I recently hooked up at the Hollywood Museum to dish some of the hot Academy Award topics of today against the backdrop of Oscars of yore.

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Among the items in the museum's collection, for example, are the shoes and pocketbook of Bette Davis, who won two Oscars for the wrong movies ("Jezebel" and "Dangerous") instead of her classics "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane" and "All About Eve." Davis' old Oscar nemesis Katharine Hepburn once warned that you usually win for a role "that doesn't rate it." Hepburn ought to know. Oscar's biggest winner claimed four, only one for a truly socko performance ("Lion in Winter").

So does that view apply to this year's lead-actress race? If Sandra Bullock wins for "The Blind Side," will she deserve it? Is this the film she should be remembered for? Some Oscar-watchers don't think so, but Pete disagrees and defends her performance strenuously.

By the way, one of Bullock's "Blind Side" costumes is on display at the Hollywood Museum. Read more here about everything on view in our award-season exhibition and how you can see items from "The Hurt Locker," "Julie & Julia" and "Gone with the Wind" up close. Check out Pete and my video dishfest on the question: Are the Oscars biased against sci-fi movies like "Avatar"? See Pete and my Oscar predix here.

Video by Steve Nycklemoe

Photo: Robert Freeman (Hollywood Museum)

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Sandra Bullock has absolutely no talent! Along with Cameron Diaz and Katherine Heigl, she’s the worst actress in Hollywood!!! Her winning the Oscar was a joke. It’s also an insult to talented actresses who actually EARNED the Oscar, like Charlize Theron in “Monster”. It’s pretty grim that the Oscars are getting this bad, handing out Academy Awards to people who can barely tastefully appeal, much less act.

The Oscars will never be able to live down the infamy of snubbing Brokeback Mountain for Crash. Until they rectify that error, they're just a bunch of meaningless mantlepieces, despite all the hype.

For an industry that deems itself immune from shame, it is an irrevocable black mark on its reputation. It's no wonder the awards have become utterly meaningless to the general public.

CRASH???

REALLY...GOSHHH!!

No, Ms. Bullock does not deserve to win...it was a nice performance but not a great Oscar worthy performance like Meryl's in "Julie&Julia"...Any other actress like Helen Hunt or Holly Hunter or Debra Winger could have played Sandra's role in the TBS...But since it was a pretty weak year for the Best Actress race, one can see why Ms. Bullock was even nominated for this after-school special fare such as TBS. Meryl's performance definitely tops them all this year with Carey and Mirren coming in second and third and Sandra in fourth and Gabbie in fifth.


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