YMMV / The Lion in Winter

  • Award Snub: One of the many moments Peter O'Toole lost the Best Actor award.
    • Perhaps the most egregious case of this too. Whereas other years had O'Toole losing to performances that would go on to be quite iconic, like Marlon Brando in The Godfather, Robert De Niro in Raging Bull, and Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird, this had him losing to Cliff Robertson in Charly. While a great actor, Robertson made for a shocking winner, given the lack of love for his film and the fact that O'Toole had actually managed to win the Golden Globe beforehand.
    • The film itself lost out on the Best Picture award to Oliver!, which was yet another of the big, plush (yet ultimately pretty forgettable) musical adaptations that Academy voters were obsessed with in The '60s.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The use of Gregorian chanting is very well done here. As is the Orchestral Bombing.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Anthony Hopkins as Richard, John Castle as Geoffrey, Nigel Terry as John, Timothy Dalton as Philip and Nigel Stock as William Marshall for the 1968 film.
    • Glen Close as Eleanor, John Light as Geoffrey and Patrick Stewart as Henry for the 2003 film.
  • Happily Ever Before: The movie's ending, with Henry facing the future with renewed vitality, becomes somewhat bittersweet when you read what happened to his historical counterpart on The Other Wiki.
  • Hollywood Homely: Several characters make pointed remarks to Eleanor about how she's no longer as beautiful as she once was, despite Katharine Hepburn still looking quite good for her age.
    Alais: How is your queen?
    Henry: Decaying, I suppose.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Phillip and Richard have a thing going on.
    • In the remake, Philip and Geoffrey as well. This is Truth in Television: historians have gotten to thinking that it was Geoff who was in bed - literally and figuratively - with Phillip.
  • Jerkass Woobie: All the characters, really.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Henry. "I've snapped and plotted all my life. There's no other way to be alive, king, and fifty all at once."
    • Not to mention Philip, Geoffrey, and Eleanor.
      • Richard isn't much of a bastard at the time during this tale, but when he becomes King in Real Life he definitely qualifies.
      • In a whole family of them, "merely" being inventive and well-educated makes John look rather thick, to his great frustration.
  • The Woobie: Poor, poor Alais.
    Alais: I don't know who's to be congratulated! Kings, queens, knights, everywhere you look, and I'm the only pawn! I haven't got a thing to lose! That makes me dangerous!