It's safe to say that Sandra Bullock has had a pretty great year. She starred in one of the summer's biggest blockbusters, The Heat, earned Oscar buzz for her role as a stranded astronaut in Gravity, and solidified herself as Hollywood's reigning sweetheart by rapping on talk shows and teasing BFF George Clooney. So it's just icing on the cake that on Monday, Bullock was named Entertainment Weekly 's Entertainer of the Year, beating out Tom Hanks, Jennifer Lawrence, and even Grumpy Cat for the honor.
Winning the title is a pretty big deal for any star, as it basically says, "this person is talented AND successful AND likable AND attractive enough to be on the cover of a major magazine." For Bullock, it's the culmination of a fantastic 2013, and will likely be just the first of many honors she'll receive over the next few months. It's also a good indicator of her long-term success; EW has a history of picking Entertainers of the Year who, while already Hollywood mainstays, go on to even better futures.
Just take a look at the recent picks for the title to see how well this bodes for Bullock's career. In 2012: Ben Affleck, who won an Oscar for Argo a few months later and got the biggest film role of his career (Batfleck!) in August. In 2011: Daniel Radcliffe, who, after finishing up Potter, starred in two plays, performed alongside Jon Hamm on a TV show, hosted Saturday Night Live, and filmed two movies, one of which, Kill Your Darlings, earned him major acclaim. In 2010: Jon Hamm, whose Mad Men success has only grown over the past few years. In 2009: Taylor Swift — we'd say she's doing all right.
So if the past years' winners are any indication of what's to come for Bullock, it's clear the actress has only good things to look forward to in the future. Congratulations, Sandra, and keep on being as awesome as you already are.
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