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Last year when she won the Academy Award for Best Actress, Sandra Bullock asked, "Did I really earn this, or did I just wear you all down?" She earned it. But even more than her heartening performance in 2009's The Blind Side, Bullock has held her position as America's Sweetheart as she handled personal drama with now ex-husband Jesse James with grace not often seen in the tabloid age. This year she took on a new role: mother, adopting a son she named Louis Bardo. The tender moments we've been privy to demonstrate that while bad things may have happened to Bullock, she celebrates the good ones.
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