If her performance at yesterday's Oscars is any indication, Sandra Bullock has emerged triumphant from the turmoil of the past year.
Within days of winning the 2010 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance inThe Blind Side, stories emerged of her husband Jesse James cheating on her with a string of women, resulting in a messy end to the marriage.
She was hounded by the world's press, went into hiding, and adopted a son, which she later revealed she had been in the process of adopting with Jesse.
Her new start to motherhood on her own, a situation that would have been painful in any circumstances, was made even more so with the whole world watching, particularly after the actress' heartfelt acceptance speech that didn't leave a dry eye in the house.
Last night she braved the Academy Awards again, this time as a presenter. Sandra held her head high, looking confident and stunning in a plunging red Vera Wang gown.
Bullock's wry and deprecating presentation style was a hit. Before presenting Colin Firth with the Best Actor award for his role inThe King's Speech, Sandra teased nominee and last year's winner Jeff Bridges over his nomination forTrue Grit.
"Don't you want to stagger them?" she said.
While Bullock has spent most of the last year out of the spotlight raising her adopted son Louis, her triumphant red-carpet return coincided with her first day of work in more than six months year as she begins to shoot new filmExtremely Loud and Incredibly Closewith Tom Hanks.
With a healthy and beautiful baby boy, an Oscar on the mantle, and new movie on the way, it looks like Sandra has a better year to look forward to.
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