- Award Snub: Ryan Gosling, surprisingly, didn't get nominated (though Michelle Williams was). It also failed to be nominated for Best Picture.
- Misaimed Fandom: Young, aimless men are more likely to overidentify with Dean and characterize him as a good husband and father who is unfairly treated, instead of an immature, needy drunk who rarely takes Cindy's feelings into consideration.
- Moral Event Horizon: Many audience members limit their sympathy for Dean when he drunkenly punches out Cindy's boss and gets her fired.
YMMV / Blue Valentine