- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The scene where Don is nearly arrested for having a public rendezvous with another man at a pool. It happens suddenly, contributes very little to the overall plot, and is never referenced again.
- Critical Backlash: The Hype Backlash this film underwent caused a smaller backlash to pop up, with some people defending it as a good film despite it's controversies and criticisms.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Rather unexpectedly, the film was a major success in China.
- He Really Can Act: Despite the movie's divisive nature, Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali were still praised by most sides as giving strong leading performances.
- Hype Backlash: Easily the most notorious case in the Best Picture category since The King's Speech, and possibly even since Crash. At first, the film was mostly seen as the usual inoffensive Civil Rights Movement period drama, but once it started racking up more accolades awards-wise, an increasingly vocal negative response built gradually on social media for perceived White Savior elements, liberties taken with historical facts and co-writer Nick Vallelonga's history of promoting anti-Muslim rhetoric. Then, almost immediately after the film won the Academy Award for Best Picture, the Los Angeles Times published an article decrying its win. And this is before factoring in this film's Fandom Rivalry with other nominees: Roma, BlacKkKlansman, The Favourite, A Star Is Born (2018), Black Panther (2018), Bohemian Rhapsody, and Vice (2018).
- Memetic Mutation:
- Quite a few people at the Oscars were visibly unhappy at its success, resulting in many meme-able images. Perhaps the biggest is Creator/SpikeLee cradling his chin over brass knuckles that say "hate."◊
- Tied to its win at the Oscars, the film is sometimes called Miss Daisy Driving as it's something of a flip of that movie, which also happened to beat out a Spike Lee movie for Best Picture.
- Overshadowed by Controversy: Besides the stuff mentioned below, the film's co-writer and son of its lead character Nick Vallelonga was discovered to have propped up Donald Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric during his presidential campaign on Twitter, claiming that he'd seen Muslims celebrating the September 11th attacks. Given that Mahershala Ali is Muslim, it just makes the whole thing even more awkward, if not even Harsher in Hindsight given the film obviously intended an anti-bigotry stance.
- Unfortunate Implications: More than a few people pointed out that the film comes across as another White Savior-type narrative aimed towards making white audiences feel good by leaning heavily on the Some of My Best Friends Are X trope.
YMMV / Green Book