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Sandra Bullock returns at the MTV Movie Awards: 'Can we please go back to normal?'

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Image Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty ImagesSandra Bullock accepted her MTV Generation Award at the MTV Movie Awards, making her the first woman to receive the career-recognizing honor. Tonight marked a milestone of another sort, as well: This was Bullock’s first TV appearance since tabloid scandals engulfed her personal life this March. (Earlier in the weekend, Bullock surfaced at Spike TV’s Guys Choice Awards; that appearance will be televised June 20.)

Bullock pulled it off with class and a sense of humor (and looked stunning in sparkling black minidress). After sweetly funny speeches from Betty White and Bradley Cooper (Cooper: “Your films are the only thing that kept the U.S. economy afloat last year”) and a brief highlight reel of her work, she took the stage. First she declared that her career is still very much ongoing: “I love what I do, and I’m not going anywhere.” I’m not sure anyone thought otherwise, but I’m sure her fans appreciated the reassurance. “Speaking of what you might have read or heard lately,” Bullock went on. Cue collective intake of breath. She punctured the tension with a few more public declarations of a jokier nature: “I’m not dead.” “Everybody has cellulite, not just me.” And, most importantly, “Can we please go back to normal? Therapy is really expensive. Go back to making fun of me. I don’t care. It’s time to go back to normal.” Somewhere in there, she also exchanged a brief staged kiss with Scarlett Johansson to much laughter. In a final gracious touch, she asked everyone watching to think of Gulf Coast residents affected by the disastrous oil spill.

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