Academy Award: Some filmgoers were puzzled about how the film beat Pan's Labyrinth for Best Foreign Language Film. After seeing the former, they understood.
Award Snub: Ulrich Mühe was snubbed as a rare foreign language performer for Best Actor.
Funny Moments: The jokes about Erich Honecker, the General Secretary of East Germany, are inherently funny, especially if you're from the East or knowledgeable of life there.
'Early in the morning, Honecker arrives at his office and opens his window. He sees the sun and says: "Good morning, dear Sun!" The sun replies: "Good morning, dear Erich!" Honecker works, and then at noon he heads to the window and says: "Good day, dear Sun!" The sun replies: "Good day, dear Erich!" In the evening, Erich calls it a day, and heads once more to the window, and says: "Good evening, dear Sun!" The sun is silent. Honecker says again: "Good evening, dear Sun! What's the matter?" The sun replies: "Kiss my arse. I'm in the West now."'
Hype Backlash: Inevitably got some when it upset the massively popular Pan's Labyrinth for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, getting more attention towards some of it's arguable flaws. While the film was always highly praised for it's historical and political-thriller elements, some critics were less convinced by the human side of the story, finding some of the the character's motivations and the more emotional/tearjerking scenes contrived and/or unconvincing.