From a wreck, Bul­lock’s ca­reer pick­ing up speed

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San­dra Bul­lock is now of­fi­cially the movie star they can’t kill.

A few short years af­ter she broke through with Speed in 1994, Bul­lock ap­peared out-for-the-count with flops such as Hope Floats and Prac­ti­cal Magic. Then she made the hugely suc­cess­ful (and hugely ter­ri­ble) Miss Con­ge­nial­ity and it looked as if the world was hers again. Not quite.

An­other half-decade of dis­as­ters (al­le­vi­ated slightly by her con­tri­bu­tion to the Os­car-winning en­sem­ble piece Crash) fol­lowed, and an­a­lysts be­gan count­ing the days un­til she ap­peared in a TV sit­com.

This year, the Bul­lock mar­ket has be­come even more volatile. The Pro­posal, in which she chased Ryan Reynolds round Alaska, se­cured the big­gest ever US tak­ings for a rom­com re­leased in sum­mer. Hooray! Then came the badly re­viewed, sin­gu­larly un­pop­u­lar All About Steve. Boo!

Well, guess what. She’s back again. Last week, The Blind Side, in which Bul­lock plays the adopted mother of a black Amer­i­can foot­ball player, knocked the sec­ond Twi­light flick off the top spot at the Thanks­giv­ing box-of­fice. The surg­ing word-of-mouth suc­cess of The Blind Side – it was on its sec­ond week of release when it pipped New Moon – has even trig­gered talk of awards glory for Sandy. It sounds like just the sort of “in­spi­ra­tional” true-life drama that brings Os­car nom­i­na­tions for ad­mired vet­er­ans. So don’t bet against the Bul­lock.

Bully for Bul­lock: with Quen­ton Aaron in hit The Blind Side

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