If you were a celebrity receiving an award on national television, who would you thank in your acceptance speech? In general, stars take the time to mention the director, producer and even the fans who helped make their film a success.
When presented with an MTV award this year, actress Sandra Bullock decided to credit her family for the win. In what became one of the most heartwarming speeches of the evening, the movie star revealed that she accepted her award-winning role for her two children.
Bullock was up against tough competition at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards. The Year’s Most Frightened Performance could have been awarded to actors from the long-awaited “Halloween” installment or the chilling fright-fest “Hereditary.”
However, it was Bullock who took home the Golden Popcorn trophy for her leading role in “Bird Box,” a horror film that quickly earned millions of views on Netflix.
In the psychological thriller “Bird Box,” Bullock stars as a mother who risks her life to save her children from a supernatural monster. According to Bullock, the film’s prominent themes of family and motherhood inspired her to take on the role.
“I made ‘Bird Box’ because my children asked me why I never made anything for them,” Bullock said in her acceptance speech.
“So when Bird Box crossed my path, I knew this was a story I needed to make because it was about family. And when I finished the film, I went to my babies and I said, ‘Here, mommy made this for you.'”
Although the content of “Bird Box” is decidedly too mature for 8-year-old Louis and 6-year-old Laila, Bullock hopes her two children will realize the important meaning behind the film when they grow up.
“And even though you can’t see it until you’re 21 — because apparently a movie about being a mommy is a horror film — you will know when you see it that there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for you,” Bullock added.
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Bullock adopted her son Louis in 2010 and daughter Laila in 2015. In her speech, she took a moment to remind everyone that family isn’t always determined by blood. She hopes “Bird Box” will show her children “what being a family looks like.”
“Sometimes you are born into a family. Sometimes you need to go find it. Sometimes it finds you,” Bullock said.
“But no matter how it comes together, that when it does, family is what you fight for, family is what you protect, and what you saw in that movie is what your mommy would do for you.”
Louis was in the audience while his mother accepted the award. Bullock joked that although he had hoped to see her star in a superhero movie, she pointed out that motherhood is a superpower, too. She also took a moment to mention her son’s admiration of Gal Gadot and Brie Larson of “Wonder Woman” and “Captain Marvel.”
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“I’m sure he will notice that they are women just like his mama,” Bullock said.
Although the actress mentioned that motherhood can be tough, her powerful love for her children will always come first.
“No matter what, you are my first thought in the morning,” Bullock said. “You are my last thought at night. I was put on this earth to protect you.”
“You are my world. I love you so much and I will move mountains to make sure you are safe.”
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