You know the what biggest mystery of L.A. Confidential is? How Kim Basinger was the only person in that entire cast to get an Academy Award nomination.
That still baffles me.
Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Danny DeVito at their best. "...and the Oscar goes to...Kim Basinger." That's Hollywood.
Here's a weekend DVD double feature tip for you: Watch Lana Turner in the 1952 classic, The Bad and the Beautiful, directed by Vincente Minnelli. This Hollywood-on-Hollywood tale spotlights an ambitious movie producer who is both the worst and best thing that could happen in the lives of three celebrities. Kirk Douglas plays the producer. If Lana Turner had ever been nominated for an Oscar during her years at MGM, it should've been for this performance as a co-dependent drunk who cleans up and becomes a star. Like Liza Minnelli, Georgia's the daughter of a late show biz legend.
Follow that excellent Minnelli film with Curtis Hanson's L.A. Confidential. The scene with cops and Lana Turner in a Hollywood nightspot will be even more festive.
In this movie, didn't Simon Baker look a lot like 1940s/50s heartthrob Guy Madison?
Notice the resemblance when you see Simon Baker give one of the several fine performances in L.A. Confidential. Enjoy the double feature.