Academy Award Spotlight: The Blind Side (2009)
In 2009 Sandra Bullock received her very first Academy Award win for her portrayal of Leigh Anne Tuohy, a full-blooded Texas football mom who opened her heart to a homeless teen and helped nurture him to eventually become a sought-after first round NFL draft pick in the film ‘The Blind Side’.
Biopics seem to garner a lot of attention come Oscar time, but that isn’t to say that they always take home the gold or even perform well at the box office. This year, ‘The Help’ seems to follow the trend recently witnessed by ‘The Blind Side’ back in 2009. With a decent opening weekend, ‘The Blind Side’ had such positive word-of-mouth that it soon climbed up to the #1 spot and stayed there as people flocked to experience the uplifting performances and true story of Michael Oher‘s (played by Quinton Aaron) ability to overcome adversity and triumph through the odds. Racial tension, a hostile custody situation & social stigmas run rampant in this amazingly true tale of how a white, upper-class family offered a helping hand to a homeless black teen with a traumatic history of abuse and neglect.
Truly deserving of her Oscar win, Sandra Bullock‘s performance is memorable and commendable in this film that opened our eyes, touched our hearts & exposed a side of life that many of us would just as soon turn a blind side to. Check out our ‘The Blind Side’ Sound Quote Collection page to hear encouraging words of wisdom, heartbreaking sadness & a few slices of southern comfort dialogue.
Pop Quiz, Hotshot: Did you know that Julia Roberts was offered the leading part of Leigh Anne before Sandra Bullock? It’s true, she turned it down 3 times. Sandra, of course, not only took the job but took home the Oscar for Best Actress for her performance.