- Award Snub:
- According to some, this was what Saving Private Ryan was snubbed in favor of, allegedly due to a campaign by Miramax. A campaign so effective, in fact, the Academy members are said to have actually booed the latter film. Needless to say, the film gets A LOT of hate for said snub. Rejection, thy name is Ryan.
- Likewise Gwyneth Paltrow winning the Oscar for Best Actress in favour of (at the time) the relatively unknown Cate Blanchett for Elizabeth.
- Comedy Ghetto: The last comedy to win Best Picture until the Black Comedy Birdman, which came out in 2014. This film was released in 1998.
- Freud Was Right: When Will is talking to his physician, saying that his inspiration is coming along difficultly, like trying to open a keyhole with a floppy fish...
Shakespeare: "It is as thought the organ of my imagination has dried up.. the proud tower of my genius has collapsed..."Physician: "Interesting..."Shakespeare: "Nothing comes."Physician: "Most interesting...!"
- Genius Bonus: So many.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: The Earldom of Wessex hadn't existed for nine hundred years when this movie came out with a fictional Lord Wessex as the villain; a year after the film's release, Prince Edward was created Earl of Wessex on his marriage. Maybe the Queen was a fan of the film?
- Hype Backlash: Inverted. People seem to forget it's quite a good movie due to anger over the Best Picture win. Among Rotten Tomatoes' Top Critics, its Tomatometer and average review score are nearly identical to Ryan's.
- Narm: Lampshaded.
"Gentlemen, good e'en! A woorrrrd with one of you!""...are you going to do it like that?"
- One-Scene Wonder: Judi Dench as Queen Elizabeth I. Eight minutes of screentime total, and one Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
- Tear Jerker: Will and Viola parting at the end, never to meet again.
Will: You will never age for me, nor fade, nor die.