Russell Crowe made his debut on the international film industry with the Australian production Romper Stomper in 1992. However, the actor was still relatively unknown to Hollywood when Curtis Hanson cast him as a tough-talking detective in the 1997 neo-noir thriller L.A. Confidential. (On September 19, the movie that has now become a classic will be celebrating its 25th anniversary.)
Basinger won the award for Best Supporting Actress (in a role that was widely regarded as a comeback for the Batman actress), and Hanson won the award for Best Adapted Screenplay. L.A. Confidential was a modest success at the box office, but it was a major player in the awards race. It received nine Oscar nominations, including a nomination for Best Picture.
The movie contributed to Crowe’s rise to fame in the United States. His awards were not far behind; just three years later, Russell Crowe received the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in Gladiator.