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* AwardSnub: A lot of people felt that James [=McAvoy=] should've been nominated for his strong supporting performance. Of course, this overlooks that Nicholas is arguably the ''lead'' role despite BillingDisplacement, Nicholas being the protagonist and in nearly every scene, and Amin the ''villain'' who is in the film much less. It did help that Forest Whitaker [[NiceGuy acknowledged]] him in basically every single acceptance speech he made (which was a ''lot'').
* CompleteMonster: Idi Amin is a brutal dictator that takes what he wants by force. While he first comes off as a charismatic and modernizing leader to Garrigan, Amin brutally represses the population of Uganda throughout the film. Although he claims to be doing it to establish peace, his orders to deport people solely based on their ancestry (people from southern Asia) and murders based purely on suspicion show that he's fuelled purely by his paranoia. He deliberately cuts off one of his wives and disowns the son that she bore him simply because the child was epileptic. Amin later tortures Garrigan brutally with meat hooks after discovering Garrigan's affair with the previously mentioned wife and fully intends to torture Garrigan to death.
* JerkassWoobie: Nicholas. He's perpetually selfish and conceited. He doesn't seem to care much for neither of the married women he's interested in, beyond fulfilling his lust. However, [[BrokenPedestal finding out that one of your best friends]] is a mass-murdering dictator isn't decent karma. Also, [[spoiler: watching him get tortured is brutal.]]
* NightmareFuel:
** The fate of [[spoiler:Kay]]. Not to mention [[spoiler: Nicholas being tortured, more specifically being hung from meathooks by his nipples]]. Aiyee.
** Amin's gradual VillainousBreakdown becomes increasingly frightening.

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