The answer to your question is no. While Bullock does have a good time with the role, it certainly didn’t merit an Academy Award. It’s a shame because I have liked her since I saw her in Speed (1994) and Demolition Man (1993). In fact, her performance in Demolition Man probably prepared her for this film. In both, she delivers ridiculous lines with a straight face and perfect sincerity. It’s actually kind of fun to watch, but it doesn’t make the rest of the film go away.
The problem with The Blind Side is that it marginalizes the kid, Michael Oher, to the point where he just walks around with a blank stare on his face and utters the occasional sentimental clap trap. Not only does this not do justice to the real Michael Oher, but it doesn’t do justice to Leigh Anne Tuohy played by Bullock. She takes in a boy who is big and barely talks and we don’t see any change at all. We’re told he is improving, we see him play football, and go to college at the end, but he’s still big and barely talks just like when he was taken in by Tuohy.
When we get to the end of the film we see a little video from when the real Michael Oher was drafted into the NFL and photos of him with the rest of the Tuohy family. You could see more depth and meaning in the still photographs of Michael and Leigh Anne then in the whole film.
What we have here is a film that was pitched in one sentence to a studio. “A rich, white, Southern, Christian women saves a poor black kid from being lost in poverty or worse and helps him become a star football player.” The problem is that the film, both characters and plot, can be explained in it’s entirety with that same sentence. If you end up having to watch this it won’t be the worst thing in the world and Bullock can be amusing, but I wouldn’t seek it out.