- Alternate Character Interpretation: One of the few films to not make Nixon look like a monster.
- Award Snub: Five Oscar nominations, no wins. Michael Sheen notably failed to receive much attention for his work as David Frost, despite being just as vital to the film as Frank Langella.
- The Woobie: It's really hard not to feel bad for Nixon.
- Jerkass Woobie
- It's captured well in an interview with the actor who played him.
Frank Langella: Oh, he's just like all of us. A massive neuroses. Insecure, frightened, arrogant...terribly paranoid, which for an actor is really easy to play. You don't have to research that at all...And in the end, someone who could — I've said this before but I think it's appropriate — someone who could only climb up so many rungs of the ladder, and then when he would get to a certain level on that ladder, it would begin to be what I would call 'the winds of terror.' It would be too much for him...And I think he actually passed them once, been on the top rung, became the president of the United States, and whatever the voices in his head were that ruled his life, they said: "You know, Dick, you don't belong up here..."