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sandra_bullock_90826A2_BULLOCK_B-GR_21 Sandra Bullock had a great year in 2009. I was really happy to see her return full force to the movie biz, because I’ve been a big fan since her “Speed” days.

I think we can all agree that “The Blind Side” and “The Proposal” all but erased the memory of the dismal “All About Steve.”  Collectively, her films snagged her the top money-making star of the year, according to a poll of hundreds of theater execs.

“The Proposal” earned $315 million at worldwide box offices after its June release, while “The Blind Side” scored $193 million only in the U.S. and Canada since its Nov. 20 release. It’s yet to roll out to other countries, so that number will be much higher in the big picture.

When you think that Bullock beat out such stars as George Clooney and Denzel Washington, that’s no small stuff. The last woman to top the list was Julia Roberts in 1999.

Coming in No. 2 was “Public Enemies” star Johnny Depp, followed by Matt Damon, George Clooney, Robert Downey, Jr., Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, and Denzel Washington.

Go, Sandy!

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