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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

March 7, 2010 at 8:52 PM

The Oscars: Sandra Bullock wins best actress

OK, the parade of tributes for best actress is on: Forest Whitaker introduces Sandra Bullock (nominated for “The Blind SIde”), who he directed in “Hope Floats”; Michael Sheen introduces his “The Queen” co-star, Helen Mirren (“The Last Station”); Peter Sarsgaard introduces his “An Education” co-star, Carey Mulligan; Oprah Winfrey introduces Gabourey Sidibe (“Precious”); Stanley Tucci introduces Meryl Streep (“Julie & Julia”). Again, lovely speeches, particularly Winfrey’s, which had the usually perky Sidibe in tears, and Tucci’s, delivered with witty affection.
And out comes Sean Penn, to give the award to . . . Sandra Bullock, despite the fact that I kept hearing whispers about an upset in this category. Sandra, looking shocked, says, “Did I really earn this, or did I just wear y’all down?” She graciously acknowledges her fellow nominees, giving each a personal shout-out. Did George Clooney really throw her in a pool years ago? She acknowledges “the moms who take care of the babies and the children, no matter where they come from.” And she breaks down a bit, tearfully thanking her late mother. Very nice. I still don’t think her “Blind Side” performance, skillful as it was, was worthy of winning this category, but good for her.
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(Sandra Bullock and Helen Mirren on the red carpet before the ceremony, by Michael Goulding/Orange County Register/MCT)

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