Sandra Bullock’s year continues its upswing with news that the 25th Santa Barbara International Film Festival is honoring her with the American Riviera Award on Feb. 5. The award, which recognizes actors who have had a strong influence on American cinema, is being given to Bullock for her turn in the recent hit “The Blind Side,” as well as for the range she’s shown throughout her career in films such as “Crash,” “While You Were Sleeping” and “The Proposal.”
The American Riviera Award might just be a positive sign for Bullock in regard to her future this award season. Previous recipients have included Oscar nominee Mickey Rourke and Oscar winners Tommy Lee Jones, Forest Whitaker and Philip Seymour Hoffman. And she’s certainly in buzz-worthy company: The festival is also honoring Colin Firth with its Outstanding Performance of the Year for “A Single Man.” Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air”), Christoph Waltz (“Inglourious Basterds”), Stanley Tucci (“Julie & Julia,” “The Lovely Bones”) and Peter Sarsgaard (“An Education”) will receive the Cinema Vanguard Award. And “Avatar” director James Cameron is being named this year’s Modern Master. The festival runs from Feb. 4 to 14.
Sandy got a nomination on 2009 People’s Choice Awards! She’s nominee under Movie Actress. Her co-star Ryan Reynolds snagged a nomination as movie actor. Both are included under On Screen Team and you can also vote for “The Proposal” as Comedy Movie and Favorite Movie. Congratulations to cast and crew and go voting!
To vote in your favorites, go to peopleschoice.com. Queen Latifah is set to host the People’s Choice Awards at the Nokia Theatre. The ceremony will be broadcast live on CBS on Jan. 6.
Sandy presented the “Best Kiss” award, with her “The Proposal” co-star Ryan Raynolds. The winners awards was Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.
Did you missed the show? So here’s the video. Screencaptures are on the way.
SANDRA BULLOCK is to be honoured by the New Orleans, Louisiana school she’s been supporting since Hurricane Katrina.
The actress will be inducted into the Warren Easton High School hall of fame later this month (May09).
The thrilled Miss Congeniality star says, “I feel honoured to have been a very small part in the rebuilding of a city that I have loved since I discovered it, and, like so many, have taken all it has to offer.
“It’s only right that I give back to ensure it has a future. And I have fortunately seen some of that future, graduate from Warren Easton.”
Reports suggest Bullock has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the school since Katrina ravaged the area in 2005.
Arthur Hardy, the school’s hall of fame committee chairman, tells U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight, “Sandra did not attend Warren Easton High School, but we proudly claim her as one of our own.”