* AwardSnub:
** According to some, this was what ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' was snubbed in favor of, allegedly due to a campaign by Miramax. A campaign so effective, in fact, the Academy members are said to have actually booed [[SugarWiki/SoCoolItsAwesome the latter film]]. Needless to say, the film gets A LOT of hate for said snub. [[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} Rejection, thy name is]] ''[[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} Ryan.]]''
** Likewise Gwyneth Paltrow winning the Oscar for Best Actress in favour of (at the time) the relatively unknown Cate Blanchett for ''{{Film/Elizabeth}}''.
* ComedyGhetto: The last comedy to win Best Picture as of 2013. This film was released in 1998.
* FreudWasRight: When Will is talking to his physician, saying that his inspiration is coming along difficultly, like trying to open a keyhole with a floppy fish...
-->'''Shakespeare:''' "It is as thought the organ of my imagination has dried up.. the proud tower of my genius has collapsed..."
-->'''Physician:''' "Interesting..."
-->'''Shakespeare:''' "Nothing comes."
-->'''Physician:''' "Most interesting...!"
* GeniusBonus: So many.
* HilariousInHindsight: The Earldom of Wessex hadn't existed for nine hundred years when this movie came out with a fictional Lord Wessex as the villain; a year after the film's release, Prince Edward was created Earl of Wessex on his marriage. Maybe the Queen was a fan of the film?
** Actually, it was Prince Edward's idea.
** Likewise, Creator/GeoffreyRush's eagerness to do a play [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean about pirates]].
* HypeBacklash: [[InvertedTrope Inverted.]] People seem to forget it's quite a good movie due to anger over the Best Picture win. Among Rotten Tomatoes' Top Critics, its Tomatometer and average review score are nearly identical to ''Ryan'''s.
* {{Narm}}: Lampshaded.
-->"Gentlemen, good e'en! A woorrrrd with one of you!"
-->"...are you going to do it like that?"
* OneSceneWonder: Judi Dench as Queen Elizabeth I. Eight minutes of screentime total, and one Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.