Sandra Bullock to be honored at Santa Barbara fest

Posted by · 10:24 am · December 1st, 2009

Sandra Bullock in The Blind SideI’m told Santa Barbara Film Festival director Roger Durling “flipped’ for Sandra Bullock’s performance in “The Blind Side.” So with that in mind, here’s the press release, in part:

It was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling that Sandra Bullock will receive the American Riviera Award Presented By Chopin on Friday, February 5, at the 25th edition of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which runs February 4-14, 2010.

The American Riviera Award, sponsored by Chopin Vodka, was established to recognize an actor who has had a strong influence on American Cinema. Bullock will join an illustrious group of past recipients: Mickey Rourke (09), Tommy Lee Jones (08), Forrest Whitaker (07), Philip Seymour Hoffman (06), Kevin Bacon (05) and Diane Lane (04).

“Bullock’s career-capping performance in The Blind Side encompasses everything we have loved about her since the early 90’s, from the deft physical comedy in While You Were Sleeping to the mettle of her role in the Academy Award-winning Crash,” commented Durling. “What a most perfect time to salute this enduring movie star’s lengthy career.”

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  • 1 12-01-2009 at 10:28 am

    JAB said...

    and the oscar goes to…

  • 2 12-01-2009 at 10:35 am

    mark said...

    My sentiments exactly unless streep knocks it out of the park for it’s complicated sandra bullock seems to have everything in her favour box office,good reviews,a shock she is that good and for the power longevity and being a film star.

  • 3 12-01-2009 at 10:38 am

    McGuff said...

    This has to be the performance that the Snobby Cinephiles for Awards Betterment (known as SCABs) attack relentlessly all season, right?

  • 4 12-01-2009 at 10:42 am

    han said...

    good reviews? are you kidding?

  • 5 12-01-2009 at 10:50 am

    adam said...

    I don’t know much about the Santa Barbara Festival.

    Is it just one of these ‘Give an award to celebrity so they turn up’ type award?

  • 6 12-01-2009 at 10:52 am

    Erik said...

    Mickey Rourke (09) > nomination for the Wrestler
    Tommy Lee Jones (08) > nomination for in the Valley of Elah
    Forest Whitaker (07) > win for the Last King of Scotland
    Philip Seymour Hoffman (06) > win for Capote
    Kevin Bacon (05) > minor buzz for the Woodsman (a year after his Mystic River snub)
    Diane Lane (04) > minor buzz for Under the Tuscan Sun (a year after her first nod for Unfaithful).

    I’m not sure if Santa Barbara is so much an indicator as a vehicle to raise an actor’s profile in preparation of the awards season. Do all these people have in common the fact that they all just have really really good agents?

  • 7 12-01-2009 at 10:54 am

    mike said...

    i hope she wins. one for the red states.

  • 8 12-01-2009 at 12:06 pm

    Jim T said...

    If Bullock gets a nod and Swinton not, I will kill somebody!!

  • 9 12-01-2009 at 12:08 pm

    Kyle said...

    What? You think the red states like crap?

  • 10 12-01-2009 at 12:30 pm

    M.Harris said...

    I’m not saying anything new here. But a Academy Award nomination for Bullock anyone! A nomination. Not a win.

    This reminds me a little of the nomination that Will Smith received for “The Pursuit of Happyness.”

    You have two very sentimental movies, where an adult is shown fighting for the well-being of a child – be it a small child or a child the that’s bigger than most grown men.

    Okay! That’s where the comparisons stop. * laugh*

    And if it keeps doing well at the box office, it could possibly make as much money as the Will Smith movie did.

    Let’s not forget that the “The Pursuit of Happyness didn’t exactly win critics over either, and a nomination was given to Will Smith.

  • 11 12-01-2009 at 12:34 pm

    Michael said...

    I hate sports movies, especially movies about football, but I have always had a soft spot for sandra bullock so I might give this movie a chance. I don’t know if the Santa Barbar fest is indicative of awards contention per se, but it is not at all a bad thing for her campaign.

  • 12 12-01-2009 at 12:54 pm

    Jim T said...

    M.Harris, what are you saying? It’s just a nomination and if Smith got one then why not Bullock?

    There should be one factor for a nomination or a win. The PERFORMANCE. Just because they usually care about other things besides that, it doesn’t mean it should stay that way. Thank God, Leo was nominated last year.

  • 13 12-01-2009 at 1:09 pm

    Chris138 said...

    I haven’t seen the movie, so I guess I can’t really judge it fairly. However, I hate trailers (which are usually sports movies, such as in this case) that try hard to look inspirational. That’s exactly what The Blind Side’s trailer does. And I wasn’t really liking what I saw of Bullock’s performance.

    But whatever.

  • 14 12-01-2009 at 1:10 pm

    M.Harris said...

    Jim T, I’m saying exactly what you are saying – why not Bullock? What part of that was I not clear about?

  • 15 12-01-2009 at 1:13 pm

    M.Harris said...

    Just a comparison I was making Jim T. It’s not that serious.

  • 16 12-01-2009 at 1:20 pm

    Jim T said...

    M.Harris, I just commented on your comparison. It’s not that serious…

  • 17 12-01-2009 at 1:43 pm

    Sam said...

    I still have a hard time accepting the fact that people are talking about this performance as awards worthy. It is absolutely ridiculous. I saw this movie with a friend of mine, and found it to be nauseating to say the least. Sandra Bullock puts on a southern accent, and…well thats about it. I did not find her acting particularly good, as is with most of her roles. She does not stretch as an actress whatsoever. So IF she gets nominated for this film, it will obviously be the “white guilt” nomination. I can name at least six other actresses, in films this year, who deserve it over her.

  • 18 12-01-2009 at 2:11 pm

    Joel said...

    I don’t get the love for this movie. And judging by his tweet from a few weeks ago, I don’t think Kris does either. Correct me if I’m wrong, Kris.

  • 19 12-01-2009 at 3:12 pm

    McAllister said...

    Maybe those who haven’t seen the movie should stop saying that she doesn’t deserve a nomination… you officially don’t have an opinion on the matter. How could you?

  • 20 12-01-2009 at 3:35 pm

    Bia said...

    Her fast rise this Oscar season has been epic…if she wins, it will be something to remember, for sure.

  • 21 12-01-2009 at 4:46 pm

    j said...

    Will Smith is a bigger star, Happyness had better reviews (an A and 3 A-‘s on MC, vs. 0 & 0 for Blind; and Blind is rotten for top critics on RT), and he’d already been nominated.

    If Bullock gets nominated, it will be for the money she’s made and the ratings she might give despite a mediocre film. The only Best Actress nominations this decade for non-positively-reviewed films on MC are for women who already had multiple Oscar nominations prior, but few women have starred in multiple non-franchised 100-mil grossers in the 21st century: Witherspoon, Streep, Aniston, Jolie, Watts, Hathaway, Blanchett. 6 of those 7 have Oscar nominations…and I think Aniston might have somewhat of a chance with Goree Girls.

  • 22 12-01-2009 at 7:57 pm

    Glenn said...

    I love how people were hoping for somebody to come along and shake things up and then when they do they don’t like it because it’s not someone they like.

  • 23 12-01-2009 at 8:30 pm

    Robert said...

    Yes, it will be interesting to see how this Bullock scenario pans out. I’m still skeptical that she’ll get nominated for an Oscar, although you can bet the Globes will nominate her for both drama and comedy. And recognition from film festivals certainly won’t hurt her.

    My questions about her potential nomination mostly revolve around the quality of her performance. Is she really that good? The reviews I’ve seen have been mostly solid to good for her performance, nothing terribly spectacular. I have read several reviews that say she has given the best performance of her career, but when you think about it, this performance hasn’t had a lot of competition!

  • 24 12-01-2009 at 9:46 pm

    Danny K. said...

    With the buzz for Bullock getting this crazy, not to mention the box-office craze, I might finally have to give in and see this film. I have no problem with her as an actress, but the material just doesn’t look powerful enough to contain an Oscar worthy performance.

  • 25 12-01-2009 at 9:57 pm

    SJG said...

    I think Sandra Bullock is a very competent actress for someone who has done the type of films she has. Is she Cate Blanchett? No. Is she Meryl Streep? Nope. But I think a lot of people are just discrediting this performance SIMPLY BECAUSE it’s Sandra Bullock in a sentimental role. I obviously can’t say whether the part IS deserving of a nomination, because I haven’t seen it, but apparently that isn’t stopping a lot of people from assuming it’s NOT deserving.

    There are a lot of people who get nominated for kind of fluffy parts in mainstream movies that probably aren’t objectively THAT great. Some of Meryl Streep’s noms (Music of the Heart, Devil Wears Prada) fall into that category I’d say. Winona Ryder in Little Women was pretty pedestrian. People have already pointed out Will Smith in Happyness. These were mostly just decent performances in nice, popular movies.

    But part of the reason I think those roles get nominated is because, believe it or not, such movies exist and when people give performances in otherwise critically-panned or aesthetically lacking movies that do a knock-up job of raising the film above its potential the actors get recognized. Pursuit of Happyness probably would have totally sucked without Will Smith’s surprisingly even-handed and nuanced performance, IMHO. The Devil Wears Prada would have been just another funny chick-flick without Streep’s convincing turn as Miranda Priestly that raised the character into a person in her own right rather than a thin mockery of Anna Wintour of Vogue.

    In short, I think it’s entirely conceivable that Sandra Bullock has managed to take a generically sentimental script with flat characters and imbue her role with some life and verve that no one else would have or could have. And if, IF, she did that, then I certainly don’t have any problem with the idea of her being nominated.

    I’m a firm believer in rewarding excellence wherever it’s found, even if, and maybe ESPECIALLY if, it comes from unlikely places.

  • 26 12-01-2009 at 10:16 pm

    Joel said...

    SJG: This is just my opinion, but I believe it’s a little different than that. The film sucks, Bullock or no Bullock. The whole film is false and calculated and pretty much empty, all the while trying to be something deeper. The movie it’s trying to be is “Precious,” but a PG-13 version. It doesn’t work in the slightest. I think the Academy will recognize that, and I think it’ll hurt Bullock’s chances (even though she’s the only consistent thing about the film).

  • 27 12-02-2009 at 4:30 am

    Alex said...

    I agree that this is basically her Pursuit of Happyness.

    Though she has much more range than Will Smith – he peaked in Fresh Prince.

    I have to say I thought she was quite good in That Capote Movie, but now that she can star in mediocre films that make a lot of money, she has no reason to star in these types of films. All About Steve was the aborted foetus we all expected, but otherwise the performances of The Hangover and The Blindside cement Bullock as the most bankable actress in Hollywood.

  • 28 12-02-2009 at 12:18 pm

    Maxim said...

    “past recipients: Mickey Rourke (09), Tommy Lee Jones (08), Forrest Whitaker (07), Philip Seymour Hoffman (06), Kevin Bacon (05) and Diane Lane (04).”

    In other words, it’s the hot actor of the year award?