At the heart of embracing failure is the quality of ‘humility’ as exemplified in the entertainment world so poignantly by Natalie Imbruglia (Taking Oneself Really ‘Npretentiously). Also, one of the adages of show biz, if not all biz, is that ‘there is no such thing as bad publicity’ which is as much an embrace of failure as any motto.
Sandra Bullock displayed all of that humility, unpretentiousness and pragmatism by showing up to collect her ‘Golden Raspberry Award’ (‘Razzie’) for the ‘Worst Actress of the Year’ for her film ‘All About Steve.’ A truly rare event since over the 29 year history of giving out dozens of the dubious honours, only 10 recipients have actually accepted the award (for obvious reasons).
Her ‘Razzie’ acceptance speech was as charming and likable as her screen persona. The same likeability that has made her one of Hollywood’s most bankable talents, and a nominee for this year’s ‘Best Actress’.
Furthermore, her Razzie appearance took place on the very eve of her first ever appearance as an Oscar nominee at the hallowed Academy Awards when many would be focusing on basking in the adulation and honour if not the potential jinx as she noted that no actor had ever one a Razzie and an Oscar in the same year with the tongue-in-cheek comment “Thank you for ruining my career with a very bad decision.”
Well, that sarcasm turned to irony. Big irony. The kind of irony that if O Henry and Alanis Morrisette had a baby, their child would be this exact situation (hat tip to Archer). Of course the evening had a much happier, one might say ‘Hollywood happy’ ending as Sandra did ‘make history’ by also picking up the 2009 Best Actress Academy Award for her role in The Blind Side. Despite the esteemed company of Helen Mirren and Meryl Streep, I can’t think of anyone more deserving (and I haven’t even seen either film yet).