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YMMV: The Elephant Man
  • Award Snub: At the time, Best Makeup at the Oscars was a "Special Citation" award that was given out twice note  So, this film's failure to get the citation was seen as a snub. The resulting controversy was the instigator for the establishment of the Best Makeup Oscar the following year.
    • Receiving 7 nominations in other categories, but winning none of them.
      • Given that it was competing with Raging Bull, it's hard to really call this a snub. Though many would argue that Raging Bull was snubbed as well.
  • Memetic Mutation: I AM NOT AN ANIMAL! I AM A HUMAN BEING! I AM A MAN!
  • Narm: Despite the film being one big long Tear Jerker, the part where John falls over after delivering his famous "I Am Not An Animal!" tirade may seem unintentionally funny to some.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Though Merrick is the "freak", what the "normal" people do to him is a mix of Tear Jerker with pure horror.
    • The surreal, Lynchian beginning and Merrick's dream.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The final scene of the movie. Merrick had just had the best day of his life after being invited to an Opera by a beautiful woman who seemed to care about him, and given a standing ovation by the audience when pointed to as a member of note. He goes to his bed and discards the huge amount of pillows that he needs to use to keep from dying in his sleep, gets down to the last one, looks at a painting of a man sleeping "normally" in his room, and... just watch the damn thing, it's too moving to convey right in print.
    • Treves confirming that Merrick's condition is incurable, which he'd held off from asking from fear that this would be the case.
  • The Woobie: John could hardly be more so.

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