These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
For the first few months of Awards Season, both the film and George Clooney's performance were considered frontrunners in the Best Picture and Best Actor categories, then The Hurt Locker started gaining momentum as a BP contender, Crazy Hearts release was pushed forward, and Avatar came out, leaving poor Up in the Air behind in the dust.
One-Scene Wonder: J.K. Simmons does a great job as a disgruntled employee, and Sam Elliot is an excellent veteran airline pilot.
The Scrappy: Not until the end of the film, but it's really hard to like Alex after, the revelation that she had a family and was just using Ryan for an affair when he had fallen in love with her. It's no wonder why the small amount of fanfiction pairs Ryan with Natalie.