YMMV / Annie Hall

  • Comedy Ghetto: A rare Best Picture aversion.
    • Doubly averted in that although Woody Allen lost Best Actor despite being in his best known role, it was to another romantic comedy film, Richard Dreyfuss in The Goodbye Girl, and it beat out the top contender in the category, Richard Burton in Equus.
  • Critical Dissonance/Award Snub/True Art Is Not Popular: Star Wars notably lost out to Annie Hall for the Best Picture Oscar in 1977. While this has led to people accusing the award of being a snub, there are many film historians and critics who think otherwise due to Star Wars getting cries of It's Popular, Now It Sucks for becoming a juggernaut of a pop culture franchise. On the other hand, there are also people, even Star Wars fans upset over the loss, that are perfectly content with the win, some going as far to say Annie Hall was the only other film that deserved to beat out Star Wars for Best Picture. Of course, it is perfectly possible to enjoy both films as well for what they are considering how vastly different they are.
  • Freud Was Right: Discussed:
    Miss Reed: (after 6-year-old Alvy kisses a girl on the cheek) You should be ashamed of yourself!
    Adult Alvy: Why? I was just expressing a healthy sexual curiosity.
    Miss Reed: Six-year-old boys don't have girls on their mind.
    Adult Alvy: I did!
    Girl Classmate: (whom young Alvy kissed) For God's sake, Alvy, even Freud speaks of a latency period!
    Adult Alvy: Well, I never had a latency period! I can't help it.
  • Genius Bonus: Alvy's stand up routines in universe. This is Lampshaded by Annie, who—through reading books that Alvy buys for her—begins to understand more of the references he makes.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: When ranting about Who Shot JFK?, Alvy notes that he wouldn't put it past LBJ to have been in on the conspiracy because politicians are so rotten, they're "one notch above child molester". Just try watching that scene nowadays without thinking of the allegations against Woody....
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The party guest using the house phone to tell his guru he forgot his mantra is already supposed to be funny, outlining the pseudo-intellectual, culturally-appropriating nature of LA, but the fact that it's a then-unknown Jeff Goldblum and he's only in the entire movie for less than 5 seconds makes modern-day viewing that much more hilarious.
    • Marshall McLuhan's thoughts on television and media ("the media itself is the message") and theories on the global village were derided as outdated by the time Annie Hall was released. With the arrival of The Internet, McLuhan has the last laugh.
    • When Alvy's going through his buttons calling for the impeachment of various presidents, Ronald Reagan is included among them; he had already served as governor of California (which is probably what the button is referring to), but hadn't been president yet.
    • "I have to go join the others now on planet Earth." This would become the typical response to pretty much any character played by Christopher Walken.
    • Annie telling Alvy to start smoking pot to "get off the couch," when recent studies have suggested that marijuana IS beneficial in the treatment of depression.
  • Internet Backdraft: Debates on if Star Wars was snubbed and if Annie Hall deserved it can spark a big one. We'll keep it at that.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
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