Oscar-winning director, Curtis Hanson, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 71.

He died of natural  causes, after retiring from the film business due to Alzeimer’s.

Hanson is best known for films such as ‘The Hand Who Rocks The Cradle’, ‘8 Mile’ and the Oscar-winning film noir ‘LA Confidential’.

When asked to describe his career in 2005, Hanson told the BBC: “Thematically I just go to what interests me. I’m always asking myself, is this a world I want to go into?”

Below is a clip of his Oscar acceptance speech, with Brian Helgelan, in 1998:

Our thoughts are with Hanson’s family and loved ones at this time. RIP.

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