August 27, 2013 at 12:48 pm #109984
Why weren’t any of the men from L.A. Confidential nominated?
Crowe deserved to win (yes, win) Best Actor, and Pearce deserved an actor nomination.
Spacey also deserved a nomination, but I’m not sure whether to classify him as lead or supporting.August 27, 2013 at 12:55 pm #109986
Spacey for me is supporting, especially considering SPOILER he isn’t alive during the film’s climax SPOILER. I would definitely give him the supporting nod. He had top billing in the film, but only because Crowe and Pearce were relative unknowns at the time.
Crowe gave the best performance in the film and I would be perfectly happy with him being the Best Actor winner that year. He was much better than the guy who actually won it.
Pearce was terrific and nod worthy as well.August 27, 2013 at 1:23 pm #109987
I don’t get why more people don’t mention the omissions of these guys as some of the great all-time snubs. Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce delivered performances that wiped the floor with the actual slate of Best Actor nominees that year. I would have been ecstatic if either of them had won. Spacey was quite deserving of a supporting nod, too, and I’m surprised that he didn’t get one.August 27, 2013 at 1:26 pm #109988
I think all five of the main actors were nomination worthy: Crowe and Pierce in lead, and Spacey, Devito, and Cromwell in supporting.
Cromwell is my favorite, though all five are excellent.August 27, 2013 at 2:10 pm #109989
And then who is it who is nominated and wins the Oscar? The babe in the film, Kim Basinger—undeservedly I might add.
I guess the Best Actor lineup of the master’s tour was too hard to break through: Nicholson, Duvall, Fonda, Hoffman. I’d say that last spot was a race between Damon, who was nominated, and DiCaprio with the huge Titanic nomination outpouring.August 27, 2013 at 3:21 pm #109990
Though Spacey was top billed I thought there was no real lead actor and Spacey, Crowe and Pierce were all campaigned as supporting.
Pierce was my favorite in the film.August 27, 2013 at 6:54 pm #109991
O yay the men from LA C! Lol. I loved them ALL. That remains my favorite (and perhaps only) favorite perf from Crowe, and both he and Pearce knocked me out, especially when they are on screen together. And Spacey, and Cromwell, Strathairn, DeVito. All of them.
The way that screenplay turns in on itself is a gem.
And, unlike many, I have no problem with Basinger getting that nomnation, and winning.
LA C won the trifecta+1.
Even so, a win for BP was highly doubtful. It received the SAG nomination and then lost to The Full Monty. Basinger is the only actor who got the nod, and then tied with Ms Gloria Stuart for the win. I would have happily dropped Kinnear and Hopkins to make room for two of the LA guys. Any two.
The film was in tough that year. Lol.August 27, 2013 at 8:01 pm #109992
This should have been Crowe’s Oscar winning performance. He was so great in this film that it’s hard to believe he’s the same actor that did that A BEAUTIFUL MIND travesty of a performance.August 27, 2013 at 8:27 pm #109993
I love that film. It sucks that it was overshadowed by the likes of Titanic. Classic? I guess…but it leaves a bad taste in my mouth.August 28, 2013 at 6:32 am #109994
I adore “L.A. Confidential.” This was my BP winner choice for 1997. Russell Crowe was so unexpectedly good in this. It’s ridiculous that Guy Pearce hasn’t been nominated for an Oscar yet. This would have been the perfect opportunity for that, but he wasn’t a name then (and some would say not now either). Kim Basigner shouldn’t have been the sole acting nod recipient for this film by a mile when the male ensemble was this standout and deserving of recognition.August 28, 2013 at 7:07 am #109995
This is in my personal all-time top 10 favorites list. I would have cheered a Crowe win and nods for Pierce in lead and Spacey & Cromwell in supporting. The screenplay deservedly won and I would have given in BP as well. I’m also firmly in the pro-Basinger camp and I whooped when she won. She was the beating human heart of what could have been a very cold film. The look on her face when Crowe raised a hand to strike her in her front doorway was more honestly emotional and moving than anything in Titanic, for all its loud-music emotional sledgehammering.August 28, 2013 at 7:49 am #109996
L.A. Confidential and Chinatown are only truly great noir films of the last 40 years. Acting, directing, set decoration, music, script,just about everything in L.A. Confidential is brilliant. Spacey, Crowe, Pierce and Cromwel have never been better. And Basinger as damaged woman is also great, deserved Oscar in my book. She’s limited actress but her acting style totally works here. Titanic is great movie, but L.A Confidential is perfection.