Entertainment Weekly magazine has selected their Entertainer of the Year for 2013 and have decided to bestow the honor on actress Sandra Bullock. While I don’t have any problem personally with Sandra’s selection as Entertainer of the Year, I must admit that she’s not the person that I would’ve picked necessarily. BUT, the choice is not up to me … it’s up to EW and they have spoken. Click below to see Sandra on the cover of this week’s issue of EW mag and read excerpts from her coverstory feature.
And EW’s Entertainer of the Year is…Sandra Bullock! She is the gift that keeps on giving. First the 49-year-old Oscar winner teamed up with the uproarious Melissa McCarthy in Paul Feig’s winning buddy cop comedy The Heat. Then, as Dr. Ryan Stone in Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, Bullock gives an emotionally naked performance that will likely earn her an Oscar nomination. Bullock’s tremendous talent and range — to say nothing of the woman’s trademark grace and good humor in good times and bad — is what earned her the top spot on our annual list of the most exciting performers in 2013. Bullock’s one-two punch demanded a fair amount of give and take from the actor. When she signed on to The Heat Bullock didn’t expect to be playing straight man to McCarthy’s firehose-blast of a performance. “Once I realized that that drove the film I had to step back,” she says. “Otherwise I would’ve been fighting for something that would’ve ended up on the cutting room floor. It wasn’t what I was hoping for but the end result was the success of the film and people liking us together.” While Bullock nixes any talk of The Heat 2, she says she’s keen for another project with her fast friend McCarthy. (Hollywood, get on this!) She was a true collaborator on Gravity as well. It was her idea for instance that her character Dr. Ryan Stone was in a raw state of mourning for her dead child. (Originally, the script called for her character to have a child waiting for her back on Earth.) “What if she had absolutely nothing to fight for?” Bullock says she proposed. “She’s lost a child, there’s nothing back home, she’s a person who’s basically a machine. That was my idea and Alfonso was so open to it.” And as for squashing talk of another Gravity, Bullock appreciated Cuaron’s alternate ending idea of George Clooney falling from the sky on top of her at the end. “The last scene you just see us on top of each other, limbs everywhere,” she imagines with a laugh. “Our hands intertwine with our last breath of air and we die on top of each other clutching the Earth.”
I love Sandra so congrats to her but personally, I would’ve chosen Jennifer Lawrence as Entertainer of the Year. Her work in both The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and American Hustle will ensure that her name gets floated around as the awards season picks up. Sandra was great in Gravity but the less said about her other 2013 movie The Heat, the better. Still, Sandra is an easy choice for readers to digest so … it makes sense. This week’s issue of EW, on newsstands today, will feature other Entertainers of the Year (Jennifer Lawrence is among them) so EW really does cover all of the bases. Do you think Sandra Bullock was the most entertaining Entertainer of the year? If not, who would YOU select for the honor?