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Oscar winning movie: "LA Confidential" (1998)
Paycheck movie: "Bless the Child" (2000)
Lowdown: Basinger had her share of box office hits and paychecks in the late '80s and early '90s, but by the time "L.A. Confidential" came around she was clearly in comeback mode. The Best Supporting Actress win gave her a boost, but her choices weren't great. The first film she committed to post-"Confidential" and got paid for was the terrible Paramount thriller "Bless the Child." The movie was so bad its release date was pushed back time and again and when it did hit theaters it never came close to recouping its $65 million budget. It was effectively the last leading lady role of Basinger's career.
- Gregory Ellwood