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  • Award Snub: The film lost Best Picture to A Beautiful Mind at the Academy Awards.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The Watcher in the Water. It shows up, attacks the Fellowship, gets shot in the face with an arrow, destroys the entrance to Moria behind them, and then it's never even given a passing mention afterwards.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
  • First Installment Wins: Many fans see it as the best of the films.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • That infamous Nazgûl scream now sounds a bit like 4chan's REEEEEEE meme.
    • Galadriel's big speech about what would happen if she took control of the ring, since she's played by Cate Blanchett. Cate stars in Thor: Ragnarok as Hela - a death goddess who is indeed as "terrible as the dawn" and it takes a literal apocalypse to stop her.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Narm Charm: Boromir's anguished rant at no one, punctuated by falling into a pile of leaves. In any other film, utterly ridiculous. But Boromir's Tragic Hero status and Sean Bean's acting sell the hell out of it, and it's a near-Tear Jerker.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Figwit, aka "Frodo Is Great... Who Is That?", a random elf that got a sudden fanbase.
    • Sauron in his physical form in the prologue.
  • Signature Line: Gandalf's "YOOOOOOUU! SHAAAALL NOT! PAAAAAAAASS!" is arguably the most remembered and most often quoted line out of the trilogy. Even if he only said it a couple times in one scene in the movie.
  • Signature Scene: The "Gandalf vs. Balrog" scene. Just typing "lotr" into the Youtube search has that scene as one of the top answers.
  • Special Effect Failure: These start to pop up to the trained eye after repeated viewings:
    • When Aragorn and Frodo are on the Collapsing Stairs of Khazad-Dum, it is...rather obvious that they are in front of a green screen, with a fan blowing at their hair. (Understandably, since they couldn't possibly be filmed on a collapsing 500-ton staircase...) This was a very rare case of a failure that was quite easily visible on first viewing.
    • Not so much "special effects failure" as much as "director didn't catch it when filming" but in the scene where Aragorn runs to the dying Boromir (It's the next wide shot after he kills Lurtz, specifically) pay attention to the Uruk-Hai corpses. One of the extras raises his head to look around after Viggo moves past him.
    • When the Fellowship is running from the Orc army in Moria, there is a scene just after their escape from Balin's Mausoleum where the tiny, running figures are clearly CGI characters rather than the actors themselves. If you look at them, rather than the Orcs gathering around them, you can see their legs aren't bending as they run, and their heads are swiveling evenly, as if they were all made of Lego.
  • What an Idiot!: Has its own page.

     2002 Video Game 

  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Tom Bombadil became this thanks to the fact the game has him from the book.
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