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  • Award Snub:
    • The 2010 movie had ten Oscar nominations, but no wins — making it tied with Gangs of New York and American Hustle for second place among the biggest losers in Academy history.
    • And one of those nominations was Hailee Steinfeld for Best Supporting Actress, despite her clearly playing the main protagonist. Considering that she would've been going up against Natalie Portman for Black Swan (a guaranteed win) it was probably assumed that she would have had a better chance at winning in the Supporting category.
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    • The film's Awesome Music wasn't even eligible, due to it being heavily based on existing Christian hymns.
    • Roger Deakins lost out on his ninth nomination for Cinematography with this film, though it was admittedly to a deserving Wally Pfifster for Inception.
  • Award Category Fraud: Hailee Steinfeld being nominated as Supporting Actress.
  • Awesome Music: Elmer Bernstein....being Elmer Bernstein.
    • Carter Burwell's score is also quite awesome in the film itself, using the hymn "Leaning On the Everlasting Arms" to great effect.
    • Johnny Cash's "God's Gonna Cut You Down" in the remake's trailer.
    • "River Crossing," also from the remake.
  • Consolation Award: John Wayne's Best Actor win is seen as a consolation for him not winning the award for his work in films like Red River, The Quiet Man, The Searchers, and Sands Of Iwo Jima (though Wayne was at least nominated for the latter). To this day, majority of people strongly feel that Dustin Hoffman should have one his much deserved Best Actor Oscar for his gritty, heartbreaking performance in Midnight Cowboy.
  • Crazy Awesome:
    • Read here as "holding your horse's reigns in your teeth so that you have both hands free for Guns Akimbo."
    • Part of what makes Mattie so awesome, even more so in in the 2010 film. Young girl, on her own, who will not take "no" for an answer, crosses two states and travels the wilderness to find the man that killed her father and bring him in for justice.
    • Rooster too, especially when he runs his horse to death, and nearly himself as well, all to save Mattie.
    • LaBoeuf has his moment, too. It can't be easy to stay on the trail with a bullet through your shoulder and a half-severed tongue. He eventually leaves when Rooster yells at the two of them after being way too damn drunk.
    • Even Ned Pepper is tough. Can't be a successful thief/murderer for long if you aren't.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The hanging of the three men at the beginning of the 2010 movie where the first two made their last pleas. The first man is sobbing and begging for people not to follow his example. The second just says a few words about that he wouldn't be hanged if he killed the right man. The last man, an Indian, attempts to say his last words but is bagged mid-sentence.
    • The scene where Reuben throws and kicks two Native American children off a porch. The fact that they were just tormenting a horse with sharp sticks probably helps lessen the blow and makes the scene come off as hilarious.
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  • Esoteric Happy Ending: The 2010 version has Mattie lose one of her arms to a snakebite and she never sees Cogburn or Leboeuf again. In the epilogue, she gets the opportunity to meet Cogburn again, only to arrive a few days after he had died. She never actually learns what happened to Leboeuf. And on top of this, she ends the movie as a middle aged spinster as nobody wanted to marry a woman who was so interested in guns and business instead of more "proper" ladylike things. But on the bright side, they did bring Chaney and his gang to justice, which was their whole goal.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Hollywood Homely: Averted in the 2010 version. Mattie's not ugly by any stretch but she does look plain and normal - a long way from the teenagers we're accustomed to seeing on Nickelodeon and Disney.
  • Narm: In both films, Mattie's delivery when she talks about Rooster having "true grit." It's like she knows she's in a movie and she's saying the title.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Colonel G. Stonehill in both adaptations. Strother Martin was particularly brilliant in the 1969 version - he isn't afraid to play Mattie's haggling game, and throws out a number of memorable quotes during their arguments.
    • For that matter, Dennis Hopper as Moon.
    • The old man with the bear headdress that stops briefly to talk to Rooster and Mattie in the 2010 version.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • At the end of the 1969 film, Cogburn is congratulated for his heroics by Piglet.
    • Wilford Brimley makes his uncredited film debut.
  • Squick:
    • For the 2010 version, at least, people appear to be having a variety of reactions to the tension between LaBoeuf and Mattie, like when he says he was considering "stealing a kiss" while she slept and the scene in which he spanks her for her obstinate behavior. Nothing actually happens, but a Bodyguard Crush could be implied...
    • The Bear Man says that he has no place to sleep, except for his blankets and furs (which he hints he would share with the two travelers). When they refuse his "hospitality" he clearly looks disappointed.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion:
    • Come on, if it weren't for the dress, one could hardly tell Mattie is a girl (in the 1969 film).
    • It's been pointed out too. There's one picture on the internet comparing 1969 Mattie to Justin Bieber. Looking at the picture, they could've been twins.
      • Of course, this isn't the first time Justin Bieber's appearance has been compared to a girl's.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?:
    • PG-13? Seriously? It's pretty damn gory in some scenes. What makes this even weirder is the Coens specifically said they wanted the movie to be a family film.
    • The violence is quite realistic though in that it's harsh, yet understated and very brief.
      • Critics of the American ratings system compared this film's violence and PG-13 rating with The King's Speech, released around the same time, which is rated R for literally nothing more than a therapeutic Cluster F-Bomb.
    • The 1969 version was rated G despite a clear shot of someone's fingers getting chopped off, as well as some other comparatively mild scenes of violence, as well as some harsh profanity, some of which had to be edited to secure that G rating (yes, even in 1969, the MPAA was harsher on language than violence).


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