* AcceptableReligiousTargets: Pi respects and admires his strictly atheistic teacher, and devoutly practices Hinduism, Islam, ''and'' Christianity. However, he heaps all of his scorn on agnostics, viewing them as doubters who lack the resolve to pick a side.
* AwardSnub:
** Actually an award ''speech'' snub: the visual effects team were planning to include a statement about the hard times many special effects companies are going through, even as their work is being used more than ever, but were cut off by the ''{{Film/Jaws}}'' theme. This led to a hundreds-strong protest.
** Averted by the film itself, which took home more Oscars than any other film released that year - ''including'' the OscarBait.
** More upsettingly, Suraj Sharma, who played Pi, did not get nominated for the Oscar for Best Actor. This despite the fact that he practically carried the entire film on his shoulders, acting opposite a green screen to convince audiences that he was staring down a tiger, and starved himself and isolated himself from other people to get into character.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vbxdqCi_AQ "Pi's Lullaby"]]. SweetDreamsFuel incarnate.
* EpilepticTrees: With how Pi's story is told, this is inevitable.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Pi was mocked as a child for having a name that could be mispronounced as "Pissing." When he's lost at sea and quarreling with Richard Parker, he actually does piss to mark his territory and show him who's in charge. That does not end well for him.
** Irrfan Khan plays the adult Pi. This wasn't [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan the only movie in 2012]] that Irrfan Khan was in with a character named Richard Parker.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: For the film, Creator/RhythmAndHues[[note]]with Creator/MovingPictureCompany and a few other studios[[/note]] developed some truly phenomenal animation and visual effects, which won them the Oscar for Best Visual Effects.
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