Sandra Bullock proved she can do both comedy and drama — all during her Oscar acceptance speech for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Accepting the award on Sunday — her first Oscar and her first nomination — Bullock flirted with Meryl Streep, took a dig at George Clooney and paid touching tribute to her mom.
"Did I really earn this, or did I just wear you all down?" said Bullock as she reached the podium.
The actress, 45, who won for her performance as Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side, said that she "fell in love" with her four fellow nominees — especially Streep, whom she famously kissed at the People's Choice Awards.
"You are such a good kisser," Bullock said, later jokingly calling Streep "my lover."
She also thanked those in Hollywood who were "mean to me" in her past — including George Clooney, who, she says, "threw me in a pool."
The actress got quiet and teary, however, when thanking "Helga B," her mom. The star credits her mother "for not letting me ride in cars with boys until I was 18" and for teaching her about tolerance: "there no race, no religion, no color, no sexual orientation…we are all deserving of love."
Her most emotional fan at the Kodak Theater? Husband Jesse James, who watched teary-eyed in the audience.
Backstage in the press room after accepting her award, the beaming actress joked that James, 40 (who stood to the side while she spoke to reporters), teared up because something was in his eye. "The dancers kicked up a lot of dust," she joked. (She also declined to elaborate on why Clooney threw her into a pool because "he looked so tired tonight.")
She told UsMagazine.com her post-show celebration plans.
"Food. I just want a burger and I just want some food. I want to sit down, take the shoes off. You know, we got some friends that are all meeting. I want to eat and not sweat it and not worry the dress will bust open," she told Us. "I just want to relax and just eat… And I'd like a nap, too."
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