Regardless of how you felt about her Oscar-winning performance in 'The Blind Side,' Sandra Bullock's funny, emotional acceptance speech about her mother's influence on her was on of the ceremony's highlights.

Well, you should hear the German version.

When Bullock received the Bambi award for film in 2000 -- Germany's Oscar-ish awards for overall awesomeness -- she took the stage in the same charming, heartfelt way she did Sunday's Oscar ceremony. But when she realized she forgot her speech, Bullock was forced to rely on her impromptu German speaking skills, which are surprisingly on par with her skills as an actor. Regardless of how you felt about her Oscar-winning performance in 'The Blind Side,' Sandra Bullock's funny, emotional acceptance speech about her mother's influence on her was on of the ceremony's highlights.

Well, you should hear the German version.

When Bullock received the Bambi award for film in 2000 -- Germany's Oscar-ish awards for overall awesomeness -- she took the stage in the same charming, heartfelt way she did Sunday's Oscar ceremony. But when she realized she forgot her speech, Bullock was forced to rely on her impromptu German speaking skills (her mother was a German opera singer), which are surprisingly on par with her skills as an actor.


Part of the charm of the speech is the ease and comfort with which Bullock delivered it (view a translation of the speech in the video's description). This was no staggered, reverse Benigni situation. Bullock was completely winging it as she talked about her odd jobs on the way to stardom, including a stint as a canine stylist.

True, it's not exactly earth-shattering news that an American actor is bilingual, and there are clips all over YouTube of Bullock breaking into full-on German for press events. (Even her 'Speed' costar, Keanu Reeves, can pull it off when he needs to.)

But what's most interesting about Bullock's Bambi speech, particularly in the light of her Oscar win, was that regardless of the language, Bullock's appreciation for her mother shines through. Just as with her Oscar speech 10 years later, when she tells the crowd "my mother always told me 'be original, Sandra' [...] and thank God she put that across to me before she went to a different world herself," it becomes clear that for Bullock gratitude is gratitude, no matter what language it's in.



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