Slapstick Sandy! Oscar winner Sandra Bullock glowed at a star-studded event in L.A., on Tuesday, June 16, where she delivered an impassioned, funny, self-deprecating speech about female empowerment while joking about her tough life experiences.
Bullock, 50, hit the Tiffany & Co.-sponsored Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards, held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in L.A.’s Century City neighborhood, looking hotter than ever. The Proposal star wore a cute frock comprised of a one-shouldered metallic navy bodice tucked into a printed midi-length skirt. The actress paired her outfit with black heels and left her brunette tresses parted down the center.
At the event, Bullock presented the 2015 Tiffany & Co./Bruce Paltrow Mentorship Award to Warner Bros. marketing chief Sue Kroll. Kroll has been lauded recently for her work on American Sniper, which was the highest-grossing movie in 2014 domestically and garnered six Oscar noms. The Bradley Cooper film topped the box office by making nearly $535 million worldwide. Bullock acknowledged Kroll’s contributions to the industry on Tuesday with her words.
“There’s so much power in this room right now,” the star noted onstage before celebrities like Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts. “We’re all going to be on the same menstrual cycle after tonight.”
“A shift is going to happen to a handful of us,” Bullock continued. “Not just several dozen of us but to all of us — that is what happens when there is so much power in one room. So much female power in one room. Sometimes there’s an uber powerful female who’s responsible for this shift, someone who is stronger and more powerful than the rest of us. The instigator or the lady time-shifter, as I like to call it. I’ve had the honor of working aside such a lady for many many years. For many many years I had no idea what she did for a living. She never offered and I never asked. I’m an actress. We don’t care what anyone else does for a living.”
Bullock praised Kroll for her cool demeanor. “It was just nice to have that lady with the good taste in Prada, throwing [back] a tequila shot,” the Miss Congeniality star joked. “She seemed to know what she was doing, she was always so calm. And many many years before I learned that this powerful period mover was responsible for giving myself and many others their careers.”
One anecdote? “A few years ago when a project might not have gone the way I hoped, she never gave me that look of, ‘Oh honey, your personal life is in the sh-tter, now your career needs to evolve,'” Bullock shared, referring to her devastating split from her cheating ex-husband Jesse James. Bullock and James finalized their split in 2010 after five years of marriage.
“No, no,” the Gravity star continued of Kroll. “She just avoided eye contact with me. And then, she adjusted the schedule, which is what this woman does. And she’s greatly responsible for the film’s success. I saw her being tactful and calm when others are not. I saw her be a partner when most are afraid to break away from the status quo. Rather than call attention to herself, she calls attention to others. The end result being millions of dollars in box office for Warner Brothers.”
Bullock shared the qualities she most admires about Kroll. “She knows, that as women, if we do not we do not reach out a hand for our fellow women on the steep climb of the corporate ladder, we will never enjoy the success,” the star concluded. “Without sisters by our side, who would understand?”
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