- Award Snub: Keira Knightley, who was praised pretty much universally for her performance, only received a few measly nominations.
- Ho Yay: Between Georgiana and Bess, to the point of being a Romantic Two-Girl Friendship, like the scene in which Bess teaches Georgiana how to pleasure a man.
- Moral Event Horizon: The Duke crossed it for a lot of viewers when he rapes Georgiana.
- Retroactive Recognition: Peggy Carter and Howard Stark of the MCU appear in this film.
- Tear Jerker: Georgiana having to give up her illegitimate daughter.
Georgiana: Her name is Eliza!
- The Woobie: Georgiana and Bess.