Razzle Dazzle

Razzle Dazzle

By Michael Upton | 03/03/2010

Razzle Dazzle

IT would be easy to mock Sandra Bullock. Let’s not forget she made her name with the exciting-but-brainless Speed, ruined it with the farcical Speed 2: Cruise Control and rehabilitated herself with a series of ordinary but profitable rom-coms such as Force of Nature, Two Weeks Notice and amiable slapsticks like Miss Congeniality.

But she can now stick two fingers up to her knockers (not that she would ever be so rude) by showing off the Oscar she landed last weekend.

I’ve not seen The Blind Side, the sports movie which secured Sandy the little gold fella for Best Actress, but I hear it is a solo tour de force in a pretty average film.

On receiving the award, she joked: “Did I really earn this, or did I wear you all down?”

And just to ensure the star of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood doesn’t get too cocky, though, the judges of the Golden Raspberry Awards made it a weekend to remember by awarding her the Worst Actress Award for her part in the horrendously-named All About Steve.

And to be fair to Bullock, she took the unusual step of turning up in person to collect the award before insisting, tongue in cheek: “Something tells me you all didn't watch the film because I wouldn't be here if you really, really watched it and understood what I was trying to say.”

Far from glossing over her Saturday night Razzie in the wake of her Oscar success, Bullock—the first performer to land both an Oscar and a Razzie—vowed to display the two awards together to help keep her feet on the ground.

"It's the best equaliser," she said. "Nothing lets me get too full of myself.

“I had the best time at the Razzies last night. Both awards are going to go on a shelf. Well, maybe the Razzie will go on a lower shelf!"

Sandra Bullock aside, the big story of the Oscars was the triumph of The Hurt Locker, the Iraq War drama which the critics loved but hardly anyone went to see.

It made £300,000 in the UK before disappearing from cinemas and just about made back its $11 million budget in the USA.

But we can expect a re-release and director Kathryn Bigelow can expect some more money in the bank off the back of a dream night at the Kodak Theatre.

Bigelow herself became the first woman to land the Best Director award, while The Hurt Locker scooped the prizes for sound, sound mixing, orginal screenplay and the big one, Best Picture.

Bigelow’s ex, Avatar director James Cameron, had to settle for three technical awards after being among the front runners for the director and overall awards.

There were a couple of British winners—The Young Victoria’s Costume desginer Sandy Powell and Ray Beckett, one of the sound editors on The Hurt Locker.

But it was a blank night for the Brits, as Carey Mulligan, Colin Firth, Helen Mirren, Nick Hornby and Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park all went home empty handed.

Still, Mulligan and Firth have their BAFTAs to console them. And neither has been awarded a Razzie...yet.