At last year's Academy Awards, Sandra Bullock walked the red carpet as a Best Actress nominee and dished about her love for then-husband Jesse James. Little did she know her personal life was about to change drastically -- but for the better, according to Us Magazine.

Bullock separated from James just four days after the 2010 Oscars when news broke of his extra-marital affairs. The actress then left the limelight to raise her newly adopted son, Louis and focus on her family.

"It's made me a better person," she said about her new role as a mom while speaking with NBC's Maria Menounos during the Oscar pre-show. "I'm more patient and accommodating. I really appreciate where I am."