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  • Award Snub: In a way. Though the film was nominated for several Oscars, including Best Picture of the Year, it ended up winning none, largely due to being overshadowed by The Last Emperor and Moonstruck. Albert Brooks' supporting performance and James L. Brooks' screenplay were probably the closest the film came to winning anything.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Bill Conte's score.
  • Doing It for the Art: Jack Nicholson, who plays network anchor Bill Rorish, not only accepted the role for scale (minimum SAG payment), but specifically requested that he not appear in the trailer, the opening credits, or any advertisements or promotions for the film because he did not want to take attention away from Hunter, Hurt and Brooks.
  • Dueling Movies: Released the same day as Moonstruck.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Tom's incredibly great looks compared to Aaron's frumpiness is a major aspect of the movie, but William Hurt, though a reasonably good-looking guy, really isn't (and wasn't then) the Adonis he's portrayed as.
  • Memetic Mutation: Blair's "obstacle course" run is the most run clip from the film.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Marc Shaiman, noted composer, gets a bit part (during the "Big Finish!" scene), just before he became a well-known musician.
    • Christian Clemenson has a very minor role as Bobby, a member of the news station. He would go on to become a main character on David E. Kelley's legal drama, Boston Legal (winning an Emmy in the process).