* Michael Nyman's amazing musical score, which [[AwardSnub amazingly failed to earn an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score]].
* Holly Hunter gives the performance of her career, with her downright ''astonishing'' portrayal of Ada. She equates so much emotion in her expressions, and ''she doesn't even say a goddamn word'' throughout the vast majority of the movie. Hunter deservedly won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance. Oh, and did we also mention that she even played her own piano music in the film?