Oscar liveblog: Sandra Bullock's moment
8:44 pm: Oprah Winfrey's nod to Gabourey Sidibe not as treacly as it could be (though interesting to hear her describe "Precious" as "our movie" when she came on long after the movie was finished). Stanley Tucci steals the show, as he often does, with his facetious description of Streep and her "selfishness" in grabbing Oscar nominations. But she doesn't grab a win -- that goes to Bullock -- and Streep's O'Toole-ian streak at the Oscars continues.
In her speech, Bullock nods to her persistent campaigning with a "Did I really earn this or did I just wear y'all down?" then goes into a mode we've indeed seen many times this season -- wiseacre (quip about Meryl Streep kiss and a reference to the time "George Clooney threw me in a pool") turning to sentimental. We're ready for her backstage, where we'll probably get ... more of the former.
So the academy gives what's essentially a lifetime achievement award to Jeff Bridges for a role that deserves it all on its own but doesn't do the same for Streep in a role that perhaps deserves it a little bit (but not that much) less.
-- Steven Zeitchik
Photo: Sandra Bullock. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times