... "I would like to thank what [The Blindside] is about for me which are the moms that take care of the babies and the children no matter where they come from. Those moms and parents never get thanked. I, in particular, failed to thank one. So… if I can take this moment to thank Helga B. for not letting me ride in cars with boys until I was 18 because she was right. I would’ve done what she said I was gonna do. For making me practice every day when I got home. Piano, ballet, whatever it is I wanted to be. She said to be an artist, you had to practice every day, and for reminding her daughters that there’s no race, no religion, no class system, no color, nothing, no sexual orientation that makes us better than anyone else. We are all deserving of love. So, to that trail-blazer, who allowed me to have that. And this. And this [gesturing toward her husband]. I thank you so much for this opportunity that I share with these extraordinary women."
-- Sandra Bullock, accepting the Oscar last night for her role as a strong southern woman who took in a young, abandoned African-American kid who went on to play in the NFL.