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He's known as Big Mike in the holiday season's surprise smash hit 'The Blind Side,' but when Quinton Aaron got the news that his film had been nominated for a Golden Globe, and that he is a NAACP Image Award acting nominee, he turned into a big softy.

"Tears started running down my eyes when I found out I got the nomination," Aaron told Moviefone at Monday's premiere of 'The Book of Eli' in L.A. He's known as Big Mike in the holiday season's surprise smash hit 'The Blind Side,' but when Quinton Aaron got the news that his film had been nominated for a Golden Globe, and that he is a NAACP Image Award acting nominee, he turned into a big softy.

"Tears started running down my eyes when I found out I got the nomination," Aaron told Moviefone at Monday's premiere of 'The Book of Eli' in L.A.

"I started calling family members and people started calling me," Aaron says. "'You got nominated!' 'How do you know already?' 'I was trying to tell you.' It was cool."

'The Blind Side,' about a homeless teen who finds his way to college after excelling on the football field, has made more than $200 million in America alone since its November release (on a $29 million budget), catapulting it from also-ran status to bonafide awards contender, attributed somewhat at least to its fan-friendly following.

Thanks to his performance, Aaron is nominated for his first NAACP Image Award, Best Actor, against Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman and other veterans.

Aaron's co-star, Sandra Bullock, who had a big year with 'The Proposal' and even a modest showing with the atrociously reviewed 'All About Steve,' is nominated for the Golden Globe Best Actress in a Drama award for 'The Blind Side.' (She is also nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy for 'The Proposal.')

"I love Sandra. I love Sandra in this role, and I really am happy for her," Aaron says. "I love that she is getting the recognition that she is getting, because honestly I feel she has been doing what she wanted to do for so many years, and now she is finally getting the recognition she deserves for it."

Aaron, who is a rookie actor, now has the unusual situation of his film debut being a critical and commercial smash -- but is remaining humble about the possibilities.

"Hopefully, while I am out here in L.A., I get called for another movie role or possibly a television series," Aaron says. "I have a project with me an my big brother that I'm working on. He wrote this film called 'The Bouncer.' We are shopping that around. It's comedy mixed with action."

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