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4. "L.A. Confidential" (1997)
Curtis Hanson's gorgeous neon-lit noir is typical of the kind of prestige Hollywood fare that goes to Cannes to polish up its profile and get the critics talking, paving the way for a US awards-season run -- but rarely wins any prizes on the Croisette itself. ("No Country for Old Men" is another recent example: jury president Stephen Frears openly admitted that he didn't think the film needed the jury's help, which is probably a typical attitude.) The film went on to sweep the American critics' awards and scoop nine Oscar nods; as if to illustrate the difference between Cannes and the Academy, the only US films rewarded at the 1997 fest were eventual awards-season flops "The Ice Storm" and "She's So Lovely."
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