Don’t worry, this won’t be as long as Ken Levine’s. (Nor probably as funny.)
My main thought is about Sandra Bullock. I haven’t seen The Blind Side. (My mom recommended it, which kinda pushes it down on my Netflix queue.)
Anyway, the general consensus is that she won not so much for this particular performance, but because, well, everybody likes Sandy. I used to think this line of reasoning was odd, because how many people can actually know her? And really, how much influence could this really have?
But I had an experience recently that gave me the answers– a lot, and a lot.
See, I recently had an encounter with a producer of one of my favorite TV shows. I can’t relate the details without risking my identity, but the short version is, he made fun of me. Kind of a dick move, considering I was paying him a compliment.
I shrugged it off, thinking, Well, he’s a dick, but he makes damn fine TV. I’d assumed I would keep watching the show; after all, to the best of my knowledge, James Cameron is a dick, but that doesn’t detract from my enjoyment of Terminator 2.
But when I sat down to watch the show the following week, I couldn’t think of anything except what a dick the producer was. Every time I laughed, I’d pause, realizing that dick wanted me to laugh.
Finally, I switched it off, and haven’t watch the show since.
See, Hollywood is a much smaller town than you realize. If someone like me can meet a showrunner, then it must be a very small town, indeed. And, as much as one would like to think awards shows are all about the work, it’s impossible to separate the art from the artist once you’ve met them.
I guess what I’m saying is, Sandra Bullock is probably a nice person.