Oscars 2010: Sandra Bullock, Jeff Bridges, Mo'Nique, Christoph Waltz Going for Gold

When she tied with Streep at the Jan. 15 Critics' Choice Awards and spontaneously planted an open-mouthed kiss on the veteran actress, it was clear that Streep had new competition. Since winning the SAG Awards, it would appear Bullock is now the frontrunner to win the Oscar.

"Sandra Bullock is a force this awards season," Kilday said.

He doesn't think she has the race tied up yet, but if she does win, it will mean she overcame one of her biggest hurdles: her popularity. The winner of this year's "People Choice" award has been a mainstream movie star since her breakthrough role in "Speed."

Historically, the Academy has snubbed mainstream stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Meg Ryan and Harrison Ford.

But they will award those same stars when they act outside their comfort zones, and an inspirational picture like "Blind Side" can't hurt either. Just ask Julia Roberts, who won all three statues for "Erin Brockovich."

Even if Bullock doesn't take home Oscar, she's already achieved what no other woman has: helming the first female-driven movie to rake in more than $200 million at the box office.

"I would be a hostess or a waitress or a house restorer before I ever considered myself an actor, because I never thought I was good enough," Bullock said backstage at the SAG Awards.

No matter what happens at this year's Academy Awards, it looks like Bullock can stop worrying about finding another job.

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