Sandra Bullock's Potential Tupperware Movie Role Is Exactly What the Academy Loves
Sandra Bullock is a two-time Oscar nominee, but her only win (thus far) came in 2009 when she played real-life person Leigh Anne Tuohy in the drama The Blind Side. (Bullock was nominated in 2014 for her work in Gravity as the fictitious, floating Ryan Stone.) So the news from The Hollywood Reporter that Bullock could be playing pioneering Tupperware saleswoman Brownie Wise could bode well for the actress' Oscar odds again. According to THR, Bullock is "circling" the role and Tate Taylor, the director of the Oscar-winning film The Help, is attached to helm the biopic. (Taylor also penned the script, which is adapted from Bob Kealing's non-fiction book Tupperware Unsealed.)
While Wise's story is certainly less well-known than other real-life figures that have been portrayed by Best Actress winners over the past decade (i.e. Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady and Reese Witherspoon as June Carter Cash in Walk the Line), hers is a story worth telling. (Wise came up with the idea for Tupperware parties, but she faced adversity in the sexist-heavy 1950's.)
Plus, the Academy still likes to keep things even. Over the course of the past 20 years, half of the Best Actress winners have been thanks to non-fiction portrayals, from Nicole Kidman as Virginia Woolf to Julia Roberts as Erin Brockovich to Hilary Swank as Brandon Teena.
Since the past two years have seen Best Actress performances of fictional characters (Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook and Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine), don't be surprised if a real-life performance makes its way to the podium again soon, and Bullock is as beloved as any Hollywood A-lister. The only thing that might hold her back, should she star in the Wise biopic, is that THR notes that the film would likely be produced by Disney, making it more on par with squeaky-clean, family-friendly fare like Saving Mr. Banks, which got no Oscar love. (Then again, The Blind Side, despite not being Disney, was as about as mainstream as an Oscar-nominated movie can get.)
Of course, if Bullock as Brownie goes the distance, think of the possibilities when your Oscar party meets your Tupperware party.