Eight days after her Oscar victory, Bullock's personal life takes center stage as reports surface that her husband of five years, Jesse James, had an affair. While James enters a treatment facility and apologizes to his wife and children for his "poor judgment," Bullock decides to end of their marriage, ultimately finalizing their divorce in June 2010.
After staying out of the spotlight for more than a month, Bullock breaks her silence in an exclusive PEOPLE cover story where she reveals her 3 ½-month-old adopted son, Louis Bardo Bullock. "He's just perfect," she tells PEOPLE. "I can't even describe him any other way."
Bullock makes her big-screen return in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, opposite Tom Hanks. "Whatever next opportunity I was given had to be an amazing opportunity for me and for my son so that we had a great time," she said of the tenderhearted 9/11 drama, which pays off big with a Best Picture Academy Award nomination.
Playing an uptight FBI agent, Bullock teams with Melissa McCarthy, who portrays a foul-mouthed local cop, in The Heat. "I've always wanted to do a female buddy film, the kind the guys get to do," she tells Parade."This didn't have anything to do with getting a guy, and it didn't involve shoe shopping." The R-rated film goes on to gross more than $150 million.
Bullock stirs Oscar buzz as an astronaut adrift in space in director Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity, which costars George Clooney. "We trained every single day not knowing what I would have to do physically," she tells Entertainment Weekly of her intense preparation for the film, for which Cuarón created new technology to simulate weightlessness. "Every part of it was something that had never been done before." The film breaks box office records with hits release, earning over $170 million in three weeks.
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