I've been looking forward to seeing Gravity, the Sandra Bullock/George Clooney space film, ever since I saw the first nail-biting teaser. The full trailer is out now, and it's a doozy -- Bullock plays an astronaut stranded when space debris damages her shuttle, and in just two minutes of action, the panicky claustrophobia is nearly overwhelming.
Now that Gravity has premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, there's a lot of buzz building that we'll be seeing this movie as a top contender at the Academy Awards this year. It's likely to get nominated for best visual effects, but some are saying that Bullock's powerful emotional performance in the film makes her a shoo-in for a Best Actress nod.
I'm hoping the rumors are true, because who wouldn't love to see Sandra Bullock accept an Oscar … WITHOUT that dirtbag Jesse James in the audience?
As you probably remember, Bullock won Best Actress in 2010 for her role in The Blind Side. Bullock now says the honor never quite sunk in:
I think most people have that out-of-body experience when they win the Oscar. I had a little newborn at home, so my body was already out of itself. I still haven’t gotten around to having my moment with it yet. Maybe one day it will come.
Maybe it really was because she had her adorable new baby Louis at home, but I'm guessing the reason she didn't get to fully celebrate her Oscar had more to do with her then-husband Jesse James. Bullock accepted her award on March 7, 2010, and just over a week later the story of James' infidelity exploded all over the tabloids. On March 18, James issued the following statement:
There is only one person to blame for this whole situation, and that is me. It's because of my poor judgment that I deserve everything bad that is coming my way. This has caused my wife and kids pain and embarrassment beyond comprehension and I am extremely saddened to have brought this on them. I am truly very sorry for the grief I have caused them. I hope one day they can find it in their hearts to forgive me.
I feel like in a lot of ways Jesse James totally ruined Sandra Bullock's biggest achievement as an actress. It's impossible to think back on the accolades she received for that film without remembering how she honored James during every acceptance speech. Like at the Golden Globes when she said,
There's no surprise that my work got better when I met you, because I never knew what it felt like for someone to have my back.
Oh man. Jesse James, you are such an asshole.
Anyway, it would be awesome to see her get another win, so she can fully bask in the moment this time. Assuming her performance in Gravity really is Oscar-worthy, I'm convinced the audience would go completely insane with joy to see her step back on that stage and accept the golden statue, knowing she has her OWN back this time.
Here's the full-length trailer for Gravity:
Are you rooting for Sandra Bullock to get a Jesse-James-free Oscar?
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