LA Confidential director Curtis Hanson has died aged 71.

Hanson directed and co-wrote the 1995 film which won two Oscars (Best Supporting Actor for Kim Basinger and Best Adapted Screenplay for Hanson and Brian Helgeland) and launched the Hollywood careers of both Russell Crowe and Guy Pearse. 

A successful directorial career saw Hanson produce work such as the criminally underrated Wonder Boys, starring Michael Douglas and Robert Downey Jr. and Eminem film 8 mile. In Her Shoes, The River Wild and The Hand that Rocks the Cradle are just some of the other more notable works among his filmography. 

LA Confidential will be what Hanson is best remembered for though. The adaptation of James Ellroy's tale of glamour, grime and corrupt cops was nine nominated for nine Oscars and could have won more than aforementioned two had it not come up against James Cameron's Titanic juggernaut. 

Hanson, who had been suffering with Alzheimer's in recent years was found dead in his LA home on Tuesday afternoon. 


Via Empire