Sandra Bullock deserved her Oscar; not so much for acting (most Oscar winners don’t win for their acting), but for avoiding the Meg Ryan trap. When you make your bones in Hollywood playing perky, adorable dormice, it can be murder (as Meg found out, to her cost) trying to leap into lead actress terrain. Meg’s downfall from America’s Sweetheart to America’s Bitchy Ex came about for many reasons (e.g. bad plastic surgery, marital infidelity, poor choice of roles), but mainly it was because you just couldn’t believe in her playing a grown-up. She lacked huevos (as the Spanish would say). Sandra, in contrast, looks like she could chop the huevos off a bull.