Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Acceptance Speech

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On Sunday night, actress Sandra Bullock was the recipient of an Academy Award for her leading role in the film The Blind Side. In the film, based on a true story, Bullock portrays Leigh Anne Tuohy, a Caucasian mother who takes in the broken and abandoned Michael Oher, an African American teenaged boy who eventually goes on to play in the NFL as a Baltimore Raven.

Her acceptance speech was the sweetest, most heartfelt soliloquy I've ever heard. I wanted to capture it here to prove: there is nothing comparable to a mother's love for her child.

I would like to thank what this film was about for me, which are the moms that take care of the babies and children no matter where they come from. Those moms and parents never get thanked. I, in particular, failed to thank one. So, if I could take this moment to thank Helga B. for not letting me ride in cars with boys 'til I was 18 'cuz she was right. I would have done what she said I was gonna do. For making me practice everyday when I got home; piano, ballet, whatever it is I wanted to be. She said to be an artist, you gotta practice everyday; and for reminding her daughters that there's no race, no religion, no class system, no color, nothing. No sexual orientation that makes us better than anyone else. We are all deserving of love, so, to that trailblazer who allowed me to have that, and this, and this, I thank you so much for this opportunity that I share with these extraordinary women.

1 comment:

Rachel said...

Did you happen to hear the interview with her before the Oscars?? I LOVE her!!