At a Glance

Sandra Bullock : Biography at a Glance

  • Sandra Bullock is one of Hollywood’s most sought-after leading ladies, and has received universal acclaim for her work.
  • In 2018, she led Netflix's post-apocalyptic thriller Bird Box, which instantly broke the record for the most views on Netflix with 45+ million streams in its first week. She also starred in Ocean’s 8, which had the best opening weekend in the franchise's history.
  • In 2014, she received her second Academy Award nomination for her performance in the critically acclaimed sci-fi thriller Gravity. It is Bullock’s highest-grossing film and her most critically acknowledged, winning seven Academy Awards.
  • Bullock won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in The Blind Side.
  • In addition to her Oscar, Golden Globe, and SAG Awards, Bullock has received numerous awards and nominations for her acting, and is the only person to be named “Entertainer of the Year” twice by Entertainment Weekly.
  • Bullock has donated millions of dollars to support the work of the American Red Cross. In recognition of her ongoing charitable efforts, she was presented with the first ever People’s Choice Award for Favorite Humanitarian.
Biography

Sandra Bullock is one of Hollywood’s most sought after leading ladies and has received universal acclaim for her work. Over the course of her career Bullock’s films have grossed over $5.3 billion worldwide and over $2.6 billion domestically. In December 2018, she starred in Netflix's post-apocalyptic thriller “Bird Box,” directed by Susanne Bier. The film instantly broke the record for the most-views for a film on Netflix to date with 45 million-plus streams in its first week. Earlier last year, she led an all-star cast of women including Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling and Awkwafina in the heist comedy “Ocean’s 8.” The film, which was produced by Steven Soderbergh had the best opening weekend in franchise history.

In 2014, she received her second Academy Award nomination, for Best Actress, for her performance as Dr. Ryan Stone in the critically acclaimed sci-fi thriller “Gravity,” directed by Alfonso Cuaron. Her portrayal also garnered her nominations for the Critics’ Choice, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, as well as her first BAFTA Award nomination. Earning $723 million worldwide, “Gravity” is Bullock’s highest-grossing film and her most critically acknowledged, winning seven Academy Awards. In 2010, Bullock won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in “The Blind Side,” in which she portrays Leigh Anne Tuohy, the matriarch of a conservative suburban household. Based on the true story of Michael Oher, “The Blind Side” was released in 2009 and earned $309 million at the global box office. Bullock also won a Critics’ Choice Award, a Golden Globe, and a SAG Award for her role. In the same year, Bullock starred in the enormously successful “The Proposal,” which earned over $317 million worldwide and brought her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy. In 2013, Bullock starred alongside Melissa McCarthy in the buddy cop comedy “The Heat,” which was the second-highest-grossing comedy of the year.

Following acclaimed roles in several motion pictures, Bullock’s breakthrough came in the 1994 runaway hit “Speed.” Her next two features, “While You Were Sleeping,” for which she earned her first Golden Globe nomination, and “The Net,” were both critical and popular successes. Her early credits also include starring roles in “The Vanishing,” “The Thing Called Love,” “Demolition Man,” “Wrestling Ernest Hemingway,” “Two If by Sea,” “A Time to Kill,” “In Love and War,” “Hope Floats,” “Practical Magic,” “Divine Secrets of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood,” and the psychological thriller “Murder by Numbers,” which she also executive produced. She also produced and starred in the hit comedy “Miss Congeniality,” as well as the sequel “Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous.”

She went on to receive critical acclaim for her role as Harper Lee in “Infamous,” which chronicles Truman Capote’s life from 1959 through 1965. Her other films include the Oscar-winning Best Picture “Crash”; “The Lake House,” opposite Keanu Reeves; the psychological thriller “Premonition”; the drama “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”; and the political drama “Our Brand is Crisis.”

In addition to her Oscar, Golden Globe, and SAG Awards, Bullock has received numerous awards and nominations for her acting, including four MTV Movie Awards, nine Teen Choice Awards, ten People’s Choice Awards, and three Critics’ Choice Awards. Bullock is also the only person to be named “Entertainer of the Year” twice by Entertainment Weekly, having gained the honor in 2009 and 2013.

Bullock has donated millions of dollars to support the work of the American Red Cross, including donations in response to the 2018 California wildfires, Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunamis in 2004. In addition to the Red Cross, she donated to the California Humane Society to help the animals that were affected by the California wildfires. Bullock has continuously lent her support to New Orleans’ Warren Easton Charter School, the oldest public high school in the state of Louisiana following the devastation and damaged caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In recognition of her on-going charitable efforts she was presented with the first ever People’s Choice Award for Favorite Humanitarian in 2013.

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