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Trivia from Zelig
- The word zelig is taken from the German word, selig, meaning blessed.
- Mia Farrow's character, Dr. Eudora Fletcher's, name was taken from one of Woody's old school Headmistresses.
- The original title for the film was to be The Cat's Pyjamas.
- Mae Questel, the voice of Betty Boop from 1931 to 1989 is the voice of Helen Kane
singing "Chameleon Days".
- Woody Allen originally wanted Greta Garbo to be one of the people interviewed.
- Because it took so long to match Woody Allen to the old newsreel footage, Allen managed to film and
complete A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
Broadway Danny Rose, in the time it took to complete this. Woody Allen later claimed that
there is no mechanical way to age film, so they would either scrunch the negative up, or stamp on it.
- To create authenticity, the production used actual lenses, cameras and sound equipment from the 1920s,
and used the exact same lighting that would have been done. In addition, Gordon Willis took the
exposed negatives to the shower, and stomped on them.
- Factual Errors: On the Nazi film reel, the announcer calls Zelig a "schweinhund" - real
Germans in the 1940's never called anyone that; the proper term is "schwein".
"Schweinhund" was invented in American World War II movies at the time.
- Academy Awards, USA
Nominated Best Costume Design
- BAFTA Awards
Nominated BAFTA Film Award
Nominated Best Editing
Susan E. Morse
Nominated Best Make Up Artist
John Caglione Jr.
Nominated Best Original Screenplay
Nominated Best Special Visual Effects
Joel Hynek, Stuart Robertson,
- Bodil Awards
Best Non-European Film (Bedste ikke-europiske film)
Woody Allen (director)
- David di Donatello Awards
Best Foreign Actor (Migliore Attore Straniero)
- Golden Globes, USA
Nominated Golden Globe
Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
- New York Film Critics Circle Awards
Won NYFCC Award
- Venice Film Festival
Won Pasinetti Award Best Film
- Writers Guild of America, USA
Nominated WGA Award (Screen)
Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen