Interesting thing the first: Johnny Depp, Peter Dinklage, and Bill Murray were nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for roles in comedies. It's fairly rare for acting nominations to go to roles in comedies, and it's very rare to have more than one. The last time it happened was 1998, when Jack Nicholson was nominated for As Good As It Gets and Dustin Hoffman was nominated for Wag the Dog. (You might make the argument that Good Will Hunting was a comedy too.) And it's very, very rare for a leading actor nomination to go to a broad, purely comic role like that of Johnny Depp's in Pirates of the Caribbean. But it's hard to argue it's not a well-deserved nomination.
Interesting thing the second: Peter Dinklage, nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for The Station Agent, is probably the shortest adult ever nominated for a major acting award. At 4'6", he's three inches shorter than Linda Hunt, who was nominated for (and won) the Best Actress in a Supporting Role Academy Award for The Year of Living Dangerously.
Interesting thing the third: Patricia Clarkson got two acting nominations: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for The Station Agent and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for Pieces of April. But she appeared in four movies in 2003, so in terms of the nominations-to-firms ration, Maria Bello, Keisha Castle-Hughes, and Diane Keaton had much more successful years than Patricia Clarkson.
Interesting thing the fourth: Two of the Outstanding Performance by a Cast nominated films, In America and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King received no individual acting nominations. Also, three films that received multiple individual nominations, The Cooler, 21 Grams and Thirteen, failed to get Cast nominations.
Interesting thing the fifth: Two made-for-TV movies, The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone and Angels in America, took eight of the ten nominations in the Outstanding Performance by a Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries categories. Likewise, two comedies, Everybody Loves Raymond and Will & Grace, took eight of the ten nominations in the Outstanding Performance by a Actor in a Comedy Series categories.
Interesting thing the sixth: There is no interesting thing the sixth.
Interesting thing the seventh: There is no award given for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Television Movie or Miniseries. I wonder why?
Interesting thing the eighth: There were no nominations for Arrested Development or Scrubs. This also qualifies as Annoying thing the first.
Interesting thing the ninth: James Michael Tyler (Gunther) is listed as a member of the cast of Friends on the official NBC website, but he wasn't nominated as part of the cast in the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series category. What an injustice!