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Lucky number 8 for Sandra Bullock?


If you mention the name Sandra Bullock, most hardcore film aficionados will either wince or look over their shoulder to see if anyone’s watching before forcing an unenthusiastic nod. In spite of this, she is an Academy Award-winning actress who was, at one time, one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood and she topped a poll of the most beautiful women in the world by People magazine as recently as 2 years ago.

Ocean’s Eight

Set for release on June 8th, 2018, Bullock will lead an all-star cast in a female spin-off of the commercially successful Ocean’s movie trilogy. Although we don’t know too much about the plot of Ocean’s Eight yet, it seems as though Bullock tasks herself with assembling a crack team in an attempt to pull off the heist of the century at New York City’s luxurious annual Met Gala. The film features Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway, with pop star Rihanna even getting in on the action. Much of the success of the original Ocean’s Eleven, which set the stage for a series of spinoffs and sequels, was due to its glamorous casino setting – an unusual backdrop, which both in real life and on-screen is instantly associated with large sums of money. For instance, players can claim a cash drop in weekly and monthly draws at some online casinos, in addition to having access to games such as blackjack, roulette and other classics we’ve seen in the Ocean’s franchise.

Bullock turns 53 later this month, so what better way to celebrate the criminal under-appreciation of her talents than to look back at a handful of her best performances?

The Blind Side

Loosely based on the true story of Baltimore Ravens’ offensive left tackle Michael Oher, Bullock stars as Leigh Anne Tuohy who, with her husband Sean (Tim McGraw), becomes Oher’s legal guardian and allows him to realize his full potential as a promising student but, more importantly, as an incredibly gifted football player. The movie grossed over $300 million at the box office, with Bullock praised for her towering performance by Empire magazine, a role that earned her the award for Best Actress at the 82nd academy awards.


Playing the role of medical engineer Dr Ryan Stone, Bullock finds herself stranded in deep space thousands of miles from Earth after the mid-orbit destruction of her crew’s space shuttle. Tethered to astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney), the movie follows the pair’s subsequent attempt to return to Earth and earned Bullock her second Best Actress Academy Award nomination, narrowly losing out to Cate Blanchett. As well as showcasing her impressive acting credentials, Bullock also demonstrated an unwavering dedication to the role, often spending hours alone on screen and experiencing “painful isolation on set but in the best way”.


Given the success of the Despicable Me film franchise, it probably won’t come as much of a shock that Minions remains Sandra Bullocks highest grossing movie. The little wide-eyed yellow critters have evolved into a global brand in their own right, spawning an array of impressive merchandise and have even been known to save lives on the odd occasion. The film itself has managed to gross over $1.1 billion, with Bullock providing the voice of Scarlet Overkill, a highly driven female supervillain who manipulates the Minions into stealing The Imperial State Crown from the Queen of England with quite  hilarious results.

Whilst the recent all-female cast remake of Ghostbusters failed to live up to expectations, the casting of Ocean’s Eight alone looks set to land director Gary Ross yet another hit on his impressive resume. If nothing else, Bullock will almost certainly guarantee yet another head-turning performance and yet will still remain Hollywood’s most criminally underappreciated actress within the last few decades.

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