Award Snub: Although rewarded fairly well at the Oscars, earning an award for its screenplay and nominations for Picture, Director, and actors Thomas Haden Church and Virginia Madsen, the film surprisingly missed a nomination for Paul Giamatti's lead performance.
Genius Bonus: An incredibly ironic joke in the film's final minutes. Miles, in the throes of depression, opens his prized vintage wine, a 1961 Chateau Cheval Blanc. It's made from Cabernet Franc and Merlot, two grapes Miles had verbally trashed during the film.
Frass Canyon, the vineyard Miles trashes and where he gets the news that his book had been rejected, is this plus Meaningful Name: the word "frass" means insect waste material.
Miles's novel The Day After Yesterday.Roger Ebert (who knew) wrote that is what everyday feels like to an alcoholic.
Harsher in Hindsight: Try watching the discussion about whether Miles should commit suicide again after the reveal that Miles' father did.
And he reads it enough that he can correct the clerk about which issue on the shelf is the most recent one.
The Woobie: Miles brings a lot of problems on himself, but considering some of the things that happened to him recently, it's easy to see why he's clinically depressed.
Woolseyism: The TV edit has one particularly nice moment where Jack's line about how a woman's husband caught him "with my cock in his wife's ass" is changed to the technically clean but still very suggestive "with my finger in his wife's cookie jar."