Sandra Bullock Says Hollywood Made Her a Better Parent to Louis, Jokes With Ex Matthew McConaughey, Camila Alves

Actress Sandra Bullock arrives at the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Oct. 21, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. Credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images

She may be getting second-Oscar buzz for her role in Alfonso Cuarón's sparse outer space drama Gravity, but Sandra Bullock was about as down-to-earth as possible at the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Monday, Oct. 21. 

The 49-year-old beauty arrived wearing a gorgeous DSquared2 little black dress on the red carpet and even posed with ex Matthew McConaughey and his wife Camila Alves. Bullock and McConaughey dated in 1997 after costarring in the film A Time to Kill. Though they parted after less than a year, the Hollywood A-Listers have remained friends, and Bullock's son Louis, 3, has regular play dates with McConaughey and Alves's children -- sons Levi, 5, and Livingston, 9 months, and daughter Vida, 3. Both families have homes in Austin, Texas. 

McConaughey, 43, gave a touching -- and hilarious -- thanks to Alves, 30, while accepting an award for his work in The Dallas Buyers Club -- the biopic that required the actor to lose a drastic amount of weight.

"My wife Camila, thanks for not only letting me be obsessed [with new roles] but demanding I be obsessed," he said. "If I had three movies going you said 'do four! Pick that sac up and do it!'" 

Bullock riffed off of McConaughey's "sac" joke in her own speech saying, "Hollywood has been very good to me. Hollywood allowed me to be a better parent, allowed me to grab my 'sac' as Camila Alves said to Matthew, and I pulled that sac up high, and walked forward."

On the same night at the nearby Elle Magazine Women in Hollywood party, Bullock's The Heat costar, Melissa McCarthy, raved about the actress's skills as a single parent. 

"She was made to [be a mother], and she has boundless energy," the comedian gushed.