As a sports fan, a movie fan and a sports movie fan, Your Humble Page 2 Correspondent took a keen interest in "The Blind Side" winning a significant piece of hardware at Sunday's Academy Awards via Sandra Bullock's triumph in the Best Actress category.
I was shocked, even a full day later, and not really in a good way. The feeling might be less strange if not for this fact: I have not even seen "The Blind Side." There are two distinct reasons for that: 1) Bullock is in it. 2) The previews made it look like a made-for-TV movie.
Several people have said it is much better than they expected. Despite the Bullock presence, and particularly considering the performance was deemed award-worthy by The Academy, I probably will have to see it at some point.
But even without seeing it, I feel oddly compelled to judge it -- even though that's patently unfair. Perhaps it's the minor film snob talking here, but ... Sandra Bullock won an Oscar? For a sports movie?
Listen: When I think about the sports movies I love the most, I don't tend to think about cinematic masterpieces. "Bull Durham," "Slap Shot," "Field of Dreams" ... those are great, enjoyable, even sentimental movies (not so much the latter in the case of "Slap Shot," unless you get misty-eyed during the on-ice striptease at the end). But those are not Oscar-caliber films -- nor do they feature Oscar-caliber performances, even if there are memorable characters in all great sports movies.
I have a hunch that, even at its best, "The Blind Side" would make me feel the same way. Maybe the film and Bullock's performance provide a complete transformation via the perfect role. I might even find out for sure sooner rather than later. But as of now, consider me blind-sided by "The Blind Side."