While the light romantic comedy of A Good Year was not greatly received, Crowe seemed pleased with the film, telling STV in an interview that he thought it would be enjoyed by fans of his other films.
All three films were also nominated for best picture, and both Gladiator and A Beautiful Mind won the award.Within the six-year stretch from 1997 to 2003, he also starred in two other best picture nominees, L. Confidential and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.Before production started, a film-student protégé of Ogilvie, Steve Wallace, hired Crowe for the film Blood Oath (1990) (aka Prisoners of the Sun), which was released a month earlier than The Crossing, although actually filmed later.In 1992, Crowe starred in the first episode of the second series of Police Rescue."I was working in a theatre show, and talked to a guy who was then the head of technical support at NIDA", Crowe has recalled.
"I asked him what he thought about me spending three years at NIDA. He said, 'You already do the things, you go there to learn and you've been doing it for most of your life, so there's nothing to teach you but bad habits.'" After appearing in the TV series Neighbours and Living with the Law, Crowe was cast by Faith Martin in his first film, The Crossing (1990), a small-town love triangle directed by George Ogilvie.
When he was 14, his family moved back to New Zealand where, along with his brother Terry, he attended Auckland Grammar School with cousins Martin Crowe and Jeff Crowe.
He then continued his secondary education at Mount Roskill Grammar School, which he left at the age 16 to pursue his ambition of becoming an actor.
Also in 1992, Crowe starred in Romper Stomper, an Australian film which followed the exploits and downfall of a racist skinhead group in blue-collar suburban Melbourne, directed by Geoffrey Wright.
For the role, Crowe won an Australian Film Institute (AFI) award for Best Actor, following up from his Best Supporting Actor award for Proof in 1991.
In 2005, he re-teamed with A Beautiful Mind director Ron Howard for Cinderella Man.