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"Annie, there's a big lobster behind the refrigerator." from Annie Hall (1977)

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Trivia from Annie Hall

  • Alvy's (Allen, Woody's) sneezing into the cocaine was an unscripted accident. When previewed, the audience laughed so loud that director Allen decided to leave it in, and had to add footage to compensate for people missing the next few jokes from laughing too much.
  • Allen originally envisioned this movie as a murder mystery, and that's how it was shot, with a subplot about a romance. During editing, Allen realized that all the best footage was of the romance, so he reedited the film as a romantic comedy.
  • During the lobster-cooking scene Annie runs and retrieves a camera to take pictures of Alvy dealing with the crustaceans. Later, when Alvy runs over to Annie's house to smash a spider, the series of photos Annie took is on the wall in the background.
  • Keaton, Diane's real name is Diane Hall and her nickname is Annie.
  • Weaver, Sigourney's screen debut, in a non-speaking part as Alvy's date near the end of the movie.
  • The jokes that Allen, Woody tells in front of the audience at the University of Wisconsin and on "The Dick Cavett Show" are from his stand-up comic days.
  • Annie's outfits, which caused a brief fashion rage, were Keaton, Diane's own clothes.
  • When waiting in front of the movie theater Woody Allen's character Alvy Singer says, "I'm standing out here with the cast of the Godfather", to Diane Keaton, who was in the cast of "The Godfather". Additionally, one of the men who bothers him for the autograph is played by actor Richard Petrocelli, who had a small role in The Godfather as a thug who protects Michael en route to the hospital.
  • In the scene where Alvy questions people on the street about what makes a relationship, a large crowd can be seen in the background watching the filming.
  • During the classroom flashbacks, one of the teachers writes, "Tuesday, December 1" on the chalkboard. December 1 is Woody Allen's birthday.
  • Ben Stiller comments how he likes the scene when Alvy has to meet Annie's family in AFI's 100 Years, 100 Movies (1998) and how it relates to him personally because he always was very apprehensive meeting his girlfriends parents. Ben Stiller starred in Meet the Parents (2000) which revolved around that very idea.
  • Alvy calls the two fans that pester him at the movie theatre 'Cheech,' in Bullets over Broadway, also directed by Allen, Chazz Palminteri's gangster character is called 'Cheech.'
  • The film's working title was Anhedonia - the inability to feel pleasure. United Artists fought against it (among other things, they were unable to come up with an ad campaign that explained the meaning of the word) and Allen compromised on naming the film after the central character three week's before the film's premiere.
  • The film Alvy is waiting to see with Annie is Face to Face (1975) by Ingmar Bergman, one of Woody Allen's biggest influences.
  • "That was the most fun I've ever had without laughing" is a reference to the quote by H.L. Mencken in 1942 (and later Humphrey Bogart).
  • Donald Symington, who played Annie Hall's dad later played another father in 1995's Mighty Aphrodite. Joan Newman, who played Allen's mom played his character;s mother in 1980's Stardust Memories.

Awards and Nominations

  • Academy Awards, USA - 1978
    Won Oscar

    Best Actress in a Leading Role
    Diane Keaton

    Best Director
    Woody Allen Woody Allen was not present at the awards ceremony. Co-presenter King Vidor accepted the award on his behalf.

    Best Picture
    Charles H. Joffe

    Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
    Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman
    Woody Allen was not present at the awards ceremony.

    Nominated Oscar

    Best Actor in a Leading Role Woody Allen

  • BAFTA Awards - 1978
    Won BAFTA Film Award

    Best Actress
    Diane Keaton

    Best Direction
    Woody Allen

    Best Editing
    Ralph Rosenblum, Wendy Greene Bricmont

    Best Film

    Best Screenplay
    Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman

    Nominated BAFTA Film Award

    Best Actor
    Woody Allen

  • Bodil Awards - 1978
    Won Bodil

    Best Non-European Film (Bedste ikke-europiske film)
    Woody Allen (director)

  • César Awards, France - 1978
    Nominated Csar Best Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger)
    Woody Allen
  • Directors Guild of America, USA - 1978
    Won DGA Award

    Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures
    Woody Allen, Robert Greenhut (unit production manager) (plaque)
    Fred T. Gallo (first assistant director) (plaque)
    Frederic B. Blankfein (second assistant director) (plaque)

  • Golden Globes, USA - 1978
    Won Golden Globe

    Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy
    Diane Keaton

    Nominated Golden Globe

    Best Director - Motion Picture
    Woody Allen

    Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy

    Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy
    Woody Allen

    Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
    Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman

  • Guild of German Art House Cinemas - 1979
    Won Guild Film Award - Gold

    Foreign Film (Auslndischer Film)
    Woody Allen

  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - 1977
    Won LAFCA Award

    Best Screenplay
    Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman

  • National Board of Review, USA - 1977
    Won NBR Award

    Best Supporting Actress
    Diane Keaton

  • National Film Preservation Board, USA - 1992
    National Film Registry
  • National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - 1977
    Won NSFC Award

    Best Actress
    Diane Keaton

    Best Film Best Screenplay
    Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman

  • New York Film Critics Circle Awards - 1977
    Won NYFCC Award

    Best Actress
    Diane Keaton

    Best Director
    Woody Allen

    Best Film

    Best Screenplay
    Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman

  • Writers Guild of America, USA - 1978
    Won WGA Award (Screen)
    Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen
    Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman
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