Academy Award® Nominated: The Blind Side

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Sandra Bullock (“The Proposal”), Tim McGraw (“Friday Night Lights”) and Oscar® winner Kathy Bates (“Misery”) star in Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures’ “The Blind Side,” which depicts the remarkable true story of All-American football star Michael Oher.

Teenager Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) is surviving on his own, virtually homeless, when he is spotted on the street by Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock). Learning that the young man is one of her daughter’s classmates, Leigh Anne insists that Michael—wearing shorts and a t-shirt in the dead of winter—come out of the cold. Without a moment’s hesitation, she invites him to stay at the Tuohy home for the night. What starts out as a gesture of kindness turns into something more as Michael becomes part of the Tuohy family despite the differences in their backgrounds.

Living in his new environment, the teen faces a completely different set of challenges to overcome. And as the family helps Michael fulfill his potential, both on and off the football field, Michael’s presence in the Tuohys’ lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own.

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The cast includes: Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron, Kathy Bates, Lily Collins, Jae Head, and Ray McKinnon

44D’s Reviews

My husband and I took our grandkids to see the movie “The Blind Side”. Our 16 year old granddaughter told me that her boyfriend told her it was a “REALLY” good movie.

I must say I’m happy that we went to see it. It’s a true story of a wealthy southern family in Memphis, TN who take in a poor homeless African American teenager. Leigh Anne Tuohy is the person who insisted that he move in with the family. She found him a tutor to help him with his school work. He ended up playing football for “Ole Miss” and is now a left tackle for the Baltimore Ravens. I’ve read many things about this movie, some I thought gave it the kind of credit it deserved, and some I thought were not so great.

This was a “feel good” movie. It was one where you laughed and you cried. I came out thinking that it would be great if everyone could do what the Tuohy’s did for this young man. Sandra Bullock was absolutely great in the movie, she played Leigh Anne Tuohy, who was responsible for bringing “Big Mike” into their home. I thought Quinton Aaron was great in the role of “Big Mike” Oher. Sean Tuohy was played by Tim McGraw.

Of course, this is my kind of movie. I would definitely go see it again.”

“I’m really not interested in sports, so my sole purpose for watching this movie was to see Sandra Bullocks performance. I wasn’t disappointed. She explained her character during an interview on Lopez Tonight. She discussed how her character Leigh Anne Tuohy discovered another person, Michael Oher who was from a completely different background and race…who was meant to be apart of her family all along. I love that message, and hope that people get a chance to see her amazing performance, and learn a valuable lesson about life.”

Did You Know?

Michael Oher was drafted 23rd overall by the Baltimore Ravens in the 1st round of the 2009 NFL Draft. The Ravens were scheduled to pick 26th overall, but traded that pick and their 5th round pick to the New England Patriots to move up three spots and draft Oher.

Both Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw have strong ties to the South and similarities to the real life Tuohy family. Bullock’s father was from Alabama; she was born and raised in Virginia, was a high school cheerleader (like Collins Tuohy), dated a football player and attended college in North Carolina. McGraw was born, raised and attended college in Louisiana and loved playing sports as a kid even though he was unaware at the time that his biological father was a professional baseball player.

While the movie shows Collins Tuohy and Michael Oher studying together at home and school. Collins, an A student, rearranged her schedules, and dropped out of several advanced placement classes, to share more classes with Michael and help him graduate.

Two Nominations

Best Motion Picture
Best Actress ~ Sandra Bullock

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