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Who's Better? Halle Berry vs. Sandra Bullock

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Halle Berry and Sandra Bullock are both beloved actresses with many talents under their sleeves. But which of the two is better?

Halle Berry and Sandra Bullock are both beloved actresses with many talents under their sleeves. But which of the two is better?

Dare to Compare?

In the 4th installment of Who’s Better?, we take two prolific actresses whose bodies of work spanned 3 decades, and yet look amazingly great…and hot. Halle Berry and Sandra Bullock have been all over magazine covers as two of the most beautiful women Hollywood has ever produced. Beauty is only part of their resume since both are also acclaimed actresses in their own right with acting trophies to prove it. They are also two of the highest paid actresses and rank among the top list of influencers. Berry has represented the African-American community well while Bullock is active in several philanthropic works.

In Who’s Better?, we’ll take a closer look at the careers of Halle Berry and Sandra Bullock, put their movies, roles, awards and other achievements under the microscope and scrutinize. And we back it up with statistics gathered from the internet in order to come to the conclusion of who is the better actress. We dare to compare.

Tale of the Tape

Halle Berryvs.Sandra Bullock

August 14, 1966

Birthdate

July 26, 1964

50

Age

52

Cleveland, OH

Birthplace

Arlington, VA

5'4"

Height

5'6"

55 kg

Weight

54 kg

36-26-37

Vital Statistics

34-24-34

Category 1:

The Movies

It didn’t take long for Halle Berry and Sandra Bullock to top-bill their movies. In only her second film in her debut year, Halle Berry’s name appeared on the poster of Strictly Business (1991) with 2 now forgotten actors. For Bullock, it was a slow climb, and when her name did appear on promotional materials it was beside Keanu Reeves and Dennis Hopper in Speed (1994). And soon enough, these two actresses were out-billing their male co-stars.

How scores are computed: In the first category, we take the top 10 movies of Berry and Bullock as rated by the Internet Movie Data Base (IMDB) and Rotten Tomatoes and get their averages to see who top bills who.

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Halle Berry

There are two things that make Halle Berry special: she could well damn act as well as she could well damn flaunt. Her brief appearance in Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever (1991) as Samuel L. Jackson’s crack woman could have been her area of specialty. Scene-stealing roles. She could have had the career of a great role player a la Viola Davis or Octavia Spencer, the problem is that she is just too beautiful, that dreamy roles followed quickly in Boomerang (1992) and the Flintstones (1994).

But, Berry has always been tempted to go back to ahem, crack and did so in Losing Isaiah (1995), in her ever increasing pursuit of challenging roles which eventually culminated in Monster’s Ball (2001) which earned her an Oscar Best Actress award. The first African-American to ever do so. In her roles, she has never really reached the glamorous type, but she has that with modeling and Revlon, and that almost every magazine was already crowning her most beautiful and sexiest. After making history in Monster’s Ball, she was earning her $10 Million plus paychecks with the box-office smash X-Men franchise. Beauty and talent to flaunt, she has it all.

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10 Best Halle Berry Movies

MovieDirectorIMDB/Rotten Tomatoes Scores=Average

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

Bryan Singer

80/91=85.5

X2 (2003)

Bryan Singer

75/86=80.5

Monster's Ball (2001)

Marc Forster

71/85=78

X-Men (2000)

Bryan SInger

74/81=77.5

Jungle Fever (1991)

Spike Lee

65/81=73

Bulworth (1998)

Warren Beatty

68/75=71.5

Cloud Atlas (2012)

The Wachowskis / Tom Tykwer

75/66=70.5

Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)

Susanne Bier

72/65=68.5

Executive Decision (1996)

Stuart Baird

64/63=63.5

X-Men: Last Stand (2006)

Brett Ratner

67/58=62.5

 

AVERAGE

73.1

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Sandra Bullock

The world first took notice of Sandra Bullock in the action blockbuster Speed (1994) when she played opposite Keanu Reeves’ Jack Traven as Annie Porter, the accidental heroine, damsel in distress and quirky dream girl all rolled into one. A role Bullock seemed to have invented on the spot. The quirky woman on a permanent soul search would define most of her roles in RomComs like While You Were Sleeping (1995), Hope Floats (1998), Forces of Nature (1999) and The Lake House (2006), among many, many others.

Bullock's characters play her beauty awkwardly and she was never the glamorously stunning one, but she could exude an inner beauty and desirability that makes her leading men leave the bombshell for her. Bullock played the romantic for 17 long years in her career, in movies that usually ends with her and a man in love, that when she finally gave it up and starred in the football drama The Blind Side (2009), Oscar and the rest of the world took notice again and she ended up with an Oscar trophy. Well, she still got her man, sort of.

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10 Best Sandra Bullock Movies

MoviesDirectorIMDB/Rotten Tomatoes Scores=Average

Gravity (2013)

Alfonso Cuaron

78/96=87

Speed (1994)

Jan DeBont

72/93=82.5

Crash (2004)

Paul Haggis

78/75=76.5

While You Were Sleeping (1995)

Jon Turtletab

67/80=73.5

Infamous (2006)

Douglas McGrath

71/73=72

The Blind Side (2009)

John Lee Hancock

77/66=71.5

A Time to Kill (1996)

Joel Schumacher

74/67=70.5

Demolition Man (1993)

Marco Brambilla

66/64=65

The Thing Called Love (1993)

Peter Bogdanovich

63/57=60

Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993)

Randa Haines

71/57=64

 

AVERAGE

72.25

The role of Annie that went to Bullock was first offered to Halle Berry who apparently turned it down, saying later on, "It would not have done for me what it did for Sandra Bullock. I would've just been the black bus driver."

The role of Annie that went to Bullock was first offered to Halle Berry who apparently turned it down, saying later on, "It would not have done for me what it did for Sandra Bullock. I would've just been the black bus driver."

The Movie Box Scores

Halle BerrySandra Bullock

73.1 (Average rating)

72.25 (Average rating)

The Results

Among the two, Bullock has the highest rated movie with the Oscar nominated Gravity (2013) with 87. Followed close by Berry’s X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) with 85.5. Bullock has an Oscar movie under her belt with Crash (2004) averaging 76.5, while Berry has all her X-Men movies in her top 10. X-Men (2000), X2 (2003), X-Men: Last Stand (2006), and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) average 76.5.

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It’s a close fight with only a difference of 0.85. Halle Berry’s average of 73.1 for her ten movies beats Sandra Bullock’s 72.25. This is one category that would change hands easy in the coming years, but until that time, Berry wins this one.

EDGE: Berry

Category 2:

The Roles

In Miss Congeniality (2000), Sandra Bullock plays a detective who goes undercover as a contestant in a beauty pageant in order to thwart a terrorist attack. Realistically, she’s in her 30s and this would place her as the oldest contestant to do so. But, that doesn’t matter. You see, Bullock can change into a glamorous beauty queen with one trip to the salon. In the movie, she even ended up as 1st runner-up. Halle Berry is the exact opposite. From a Nubian goddess, she could transform into, what else, a crack addict, or in lesser mode, a stripper. In Frankie and Alice (201), she struggles with split personalities.

They are two of the more diverse actresses in movies who could turn on and off from being normal to knockout beauties. You could put them in any kind of role and they would adjust and fit right in. In this category we list down their very best roles and compare.

How scores are computed: First, how roles are chosen—its a combination of greatest or best roles/characters and best performances as collected from various dependable lists on the internet. Appearances of those roles in lists are then tallied to give the actress an overall score. So, its basically a numbers game.

Sandra Bullock

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5 Best Bullock Roles

Role Movie

Annie Porter

Speed (1994)

Gracie Hart

Miss Congeniality (2000)

Jean Cabot

Crash (2004)

Leigh Anne Tuohy

The Blind Side (2009)

Dr. Ryan Stone

Gravity (2013)

Bullock and Why Love Always Sells

Sandra Bullock, Meg Ryan, Jennifer Aniston…these are among the best actresses who could sell a love story better than anybody, even the authors themselves. And you would believe it. In her 10 plus romantic comedies, she has been paired, mixed and matched with various leading men and in almost all of these stories, Bullock carries the burden of making the pairing work. Her energy is addicting, her delivery almost flawless. Although, she made a career out of RomComs, her very best roles are not necessarily hopeless romantics.

She showed great range in action movies like Demolition Man (1993) and Speed (1994), thrillers like Murder By Numbers (2002) and Premonition (2007), and in dramas like A Time to Kill (1996) and Infamous (2006). In 5 of her finest roles, she is undeniably the heart and soul of those movies.

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5 Best Berry Roles

RoleMovie

Storm

X-Men (2000)

Leticia Musgrove

Monster's Ball (2001)

Jinx

Die Another Day (2002)

Audrey Burke

Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)

Jocasta Ayrs/Luisa Rey/Ovid/Meronym/Native Woman/Indian Party Guest

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Berry and the Role Supermodel

When we think of Halle Berry, what immediately comes to mind is her coming out of the water in that orange bikini as Jinx in Die Another Day (2002). The black Bond bombshell. She has the same problem with beauties like of Charlize Theron and Scarlett Johansson, that they couldn’t get the roles they wanted simply because they are too beautiful, or too sexy. This frustrated Berry throughout her career, but that didn’t stop her for pursuing roles that didn’t rely on her obvious beauty: Losing Isaiah (1995), Bulworth (1998), Gothika (2003), Frankie & Alice (2010), and The Call (2013) where she plays a trainer for 911 operators (when she could easily be a model for like, Revlon?). There you go. Quote Berry, “Let me tell you something - being thought of as a beautiful woman has spared me nothing in life. No heartache, no trouble. Love has been difficult. Beauty is essentially meaningless and it is always transitory.”

The Roles Box Scores

Halle BerryNo. of appearancesSandra BullockNo. of appearances

Storm (X-Men)

4

Annie Porter (Speed)

7

Leticia Musgrove (Monster's Ball)

7

Gracie Hart (Miss Congeniality)

6

Jinx (Die Another Day)

5

Jean Cabot (Crash)

4

Audrey Burke (Things We Lost in the Fire)

5

Leigh Anne Tuohy (The Blind Side)

6

Jocasta et al (Cloud Atlas)

4

Dr. Ryan Stone (Gravity)

6

TOTAL

25

TOTAL

29

The Results

In 7 internet lists, Halle Berry’s Leticia Musgrove in Monster’s Ball (2001) is always cited as her very best role, while it’s Annie Porter in Speed (1994) for Bullock with the same number of appearances. Bullock gets the upper hand with 3 of her next roles getting 6 points each, these are Gracie Hart (Miss Congeniality), Leigh Anne Tohy (The Blind Side) and Ryan Stone (Gravity). Berry’s next 3 roles has a combined points total of 14 against Bullock’s 18. The overall tally has Bullock winning by 4 points which prove that her set of 5 best roles is more memorable (and better) than Berry’s.

EDGE: Bullock

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Awards & Nominations

The pinnacle of any actor’s career is to get that elusive award. Not everyone gets that chance, only the best of them through sheer hard work and determination, and of course, talent are given the glory. Halle Berry and Sandra Bullock have tasted victory and knew what its like to get up on stage and be honored in front your peers. In this category, we compare their achievements in acting and see who has more than her share.

How scores are computed: It’s the number of times an actress was nominated and won in an acting category. A breakdown is given separately for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories. Totals for wins and nominations for each actress are shown side by side to see who has the advantage.

Halle Berry was wearing an Elie Saab gown during Oscar 2002 night. Matches the statue, yes?

Halle Berry was wearing an Elie Saab gown during Oscar 2002 night. Matches the statue, yes?

Berry's Oscar

Halle Berry made history during the 74th Academy Awards when she became the first African-American woman to ever win Best Actress. Since 1954 when Dorothy Dandridge was nominated for Carmen Jones, there's a total of 11 actresses who got nominated in the category, and up to now, Berry IS still the only one who holds the trophy. In the Supporting Actress, there are 7 African-American women who have already won, a category that Berry has yet to be nominated in. Berry’s win for Monster’s Ball is her one and only, which makes it sweeter since she got it on the first try, but, that was 16 long years ago that it feels like a distant memory. Berry should get back on the Oscar race.

Halle Berry Oscar Awards & Nominations

MovieCategoryResult

Monster's Ball (2001)

Best Actress

WON

Bullock's good luck charm, her Marchesa gown was inspired by the Oscar statue itself.

Bullock's good luck charm, her Marchesa gown was inspired by the Oscar statue itself.

Bullock's Oscar

Bullock opened her acceptance speech with, “Did I really earn this, or did I just wear you all down?" For it took 22 years since starting her acting career for a nomination (and a win) to go her way. Bullock has been in the power list of Hollywood for many years and an Oscar trophy solidifies her career thanks to a great part in The Blind Side. She beat Meryl Streep for Julia & Julia and avoided a potential upset from Gabourey Sidibe for Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire.

Sandra Bullock Oscar Awards & Nominations

MovieCategoryResult

The Blind Side (2010)

Best Actress

WON

Gravity (2014)

Best Actress

NOMINATED

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Academy Awards (the Oscars) Score Sheet

 Halle BerrySandra Bullock

Best Actress Wins

1

1

Best Actress Nominations

1

2

Best Supporting Actress Wins

0

0

Best Supporting Actress Nominations

0

0

TOTAL (W/N)

1/1

1/2

Berry played Dorothy Dandridge in a 1999 TV movie. She told of stories how Dandridge's spirit visited her during filming.

Berry played Dorothy Dandridge in a 1999 TV movie. She told of stories how Dandridge's spirit visited her during filming.

Oscar re-cap

9 years separate Berry and Bullock’s Oscar wins. In between, some of their contemporaries like Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Kate Winslet, and Reese Witherspoon got their Oscars. Beyond that, Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow already have statues. Thus, Bullock’s speech, she must’ve really wear down Oscar, but she pulled off another Best Actress nomination only after 4 years with Gravity (2013), which in saying, gratifies her win. Coming into the other award tallies, Bullock has 1 nomination more than Berry.

Other Awards Score Sheet

Award (Wins/Nominations)Halle BerrySandra Bullock

BAFTA

0/1

0/1

Critics Choice Movie Awards

0/0

2/4

Golden Globes

1/4

1/5

Screen Actors Guild

2/2

1/2

Chicago Film Critics Association

0/2

0/1

Houston Film Critics Society

0/0

1/2

Kansas FIlm Critics Circle

0/0

1/1

North Texas Film Critics Association

0/0

1/1

National Board of Review

1/1

0/0

Berlin International Film Festival

1/1

0/0

Emmys

1/2

0/0

TOTAL

6/13

7/17

Awards & Nominations Box Scores

 Halle BerrySandra Bullock

Academy Awards

1/1

1/2

Other Awards

6/13

7/17

TOTAL

7/14

8/19

The results

Berry’s two finest performances are in Monster’s Ball (2001) and as the titular character in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999), a made for TV Movie which won her the Emmy for Best Actress. For Bullock, it’s The Blind Side (2009), the true to life story of Leigh Anne Tuohy who adopts a young black football prospect from a poor neighborhood and the sci-fi epic Gravity (2013). Its her performance in Gravity that made all the difference in the fight for the awards category. Gravity garnered many acting nominations and wins in other award giving bodies such as the Critics Choice Movie Awards, Houston, Kansas and North Texas Critics Associations and give her an overall total of 8 wins out of 19 nominations. She outscores Berry’s 7 and 14 and takes home this category.

EDGE: Bullock

The Box-Office

In this category, we tally the total of 15 movies from each of the actress. These 15 movies comprise of the 10 that are listed in Category 1 with an additional 5 movies of their highest grossing movies that are not on that list. We consider only movies that the actress is the main star or in an important supporting role. Animated movies are not included since, we believe, people (especially kids) go to see them without really knowing who the voice actors are. Makes things more fair.

How scores are computed: For each of their 15 movies, we gather data of its Adjusted Domestic earnings, then sum it up to get a total Average Box-Office take. The actress with the highest average gets the edge.

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Sandra Bullock's Box-Office Numbers

MovieAdjusted Domestic Box-Office in Millions

Gravity (2013)

291,170,500

Speed (1994)

256,419,500

Crash (2004)

75,236,800

While You Were Sleeping (1995)

164,722,800

Infamous (2006)

1,553,900

The Blind Side (2009)

294,379,300

A Time to Kill (1996)

217,532,000

Demolition Man (1993)

123,964,500

Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993)

589,900

The Thing Called Love (1993)

1,029,721

The Proposal (2009)

194,252,800

The Heat (2013)

179,880,800

Miss Congeniality (2000)

168,994,700

Two Weeks Notice (2002)

138,386,500

Hope Floats (1998)

113,192,000

TOTAL

$2,221,305,721

AVERAGE

$148,087,048

Sandra Bullock got her Hollywood Star in March 25, 2005.

Sandra Bullock got her Hollywood Star in March 25, 2005.

Bullock's Star Power

The Blind Side (2009) and Gravity (2013) each with $290M+ box-office take are Bullock’s top two money making movies, they are followed in 3rd place by Speed (1994) with an adjusted domestic box-office take of $256 Million and A Time to Kill (1996) at 4th with $217 Million. Bullock has 7 movies that went over $100 Million and her total domestic gross for 15 movies is $2.2 Billion, with an average of $148 Million.

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Halle Berry's Box-Office Numbers

MovieAdjusted Domestic Box-Office in Millions

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

248,695,700

X2 (2003)

315,117,000

Monster's Ball (2001)

47,585,500

X-Men (2000)

257,983,200

Die Another Day (2002)

243,842,900

Bulworth (1998)

50,001,900

Cloud Atlas (2012)

29,774,000

Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)

4,223,800

Executive Decision (1996)

113,138,400

X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

316,299,900

The Flintstones (1994)

276,051,600

Boomerang (1992)

149,220,100

Swordfish (2001)

108,974,000

Gothika (2003)

87,391,500

The Call (2013)

57,752,100

TOTAL

$2,306,051,600

AVERAGE

$153,736,773