Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times
Supporting actress 1998, "L.A. Confidential"
With her days as a sex-bomb coming to a close, Basinger's Oscar win for director Curtis Hanson's critically acclaimed detective saga provided the perfect transition from roles based on her looks to roles based on her acting chops. Unfortunately, those seem to be few and far between. Despite an appearance in Hanson's Eminem drama, "8 Mile," Basinger's big-screen roles have been in films of middling quality -- "Cellular" and "The Sentinel" did not provide an opportunity to work the award circuit again.