Love or hate their recent movies, it's hard to ignore that Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock are having a commercially robust moment—giving more than one observer hope that the tide is turning for Hollywood women over 40.
Both actresses got nominated twice for Golden Globes yesterday. As Reuters points out, Bullock, 45, didn't appear in any movies last year and only one in 2007. But The Blind Side and The Proposal have both been hits. Meanwhile, Streep, 60, is the romantic lead in It's Complicated, a heavily-promoted movie opening Christmas day, after recent lauded turns in movies like Julia & Julia and Doubt. Speaking to Reuters, an industry analyst sees a refutation from the conventional wisdom of women onscreen and in audiences: