Sally Field's oft-misquoted "You like me! You really like me!" Oscar speech could apply to Bullock. Compared to Meryl Streep's transformation into Julia Child in Julie & Julia or Gabourey Sidibe's gripping breakthrough performance in Precious, Bullock is merely perfectly good in the football drama. She cruised to the Best Actress award because everyone just likes her. And she knew it. "Did I really earn this or did I just wear y'all down?" she said in her speech. As is usually the case with Oscar, she lost for a more worthy performance in Gravity four years later, though Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) was unbeatable that year.
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