Sandra Bullock remembers trail blazing mum as she picks up actress award at 2010 Oscars

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Best actress Sandra Bullock paid tribute to her late mother, "Helga B" as she accepted her Oscar trophy, describing her as a "trailblazer"
 

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Family was also on Jeff Bridges' mind at the ceremony. The five time-nominated actor thanked his parents for turning him on to his "groovy profession" before paying tribute to his wife of more than 30 years
 

Standing in front of a room full of her Hollywood peers as the winner of the best actress Oscar, Sandra Bullock honoured one lady who could not be with her on her special night – her late mother.

Inspired by her winning role in The Blind Side, in which she stars as a strong-willed mum who takes in a homeless youth and helps him become an American football star, the striking brunette paid an emotional tribute to "Helga B", who passed away in 2000.

Sandra – herself a step-mum to husband Jesse James' three children; Jesse Jr and daughters Chandler and Sunny – recalled her mother's wisdom and guidance in her speech, which included not letting her girls get into cars with boys until they were 18.

And she thanked the German opera singer for being a "trailblazer", and "for reminding her daughters that there's no race, no religion, no class system, no colour, no sexual orientation that makes us better than anyone else."

"We are all deserving of love," the 45-year-old star said.

The popular and humble actress – who shone in a beaded Marchesa gown - also took the time to praise her fellow nominees, Gabourey Sidibe, Carey Mulligan, Dame Helen Mirren and Meryl Streep.

"Gabby, I love you so much. You are exquisite. You are beyond words to me. Carey, your grace and your elegance and your beauty and your talent makes me sick," she quipped.

"Helen, I feel like we are family through family and I don’t have the words to express just what I think of you. And Meryl, you know what I think of you and you are such a good kisser."

Family was also at the forefront of best actor Jeff Bridges' mind as he accepted his coveted best actor trophy.

The five-time nominated actor held his award high above his head and looked to the heavens as he spoke of his late parents, actress Dorothy and actor Lloyd, for turning him on to his "groovy profession."

"They loved showbiz so much, and I feel an extension of that," said the 60-year-old, who also thanked his wife of more than 30 years, Susan Geston. "This honours them as much as it honours me."

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