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Gold Derby nuggets: Simon Baker dishes Emmys | Nicole Kidman works 'Project Runway' | 'Slumdog' vies for soundtrack awards

August 19, 2009 |  3:07 pm

Simon Baker The Mentalist Emmy AwardsSimon Baker – who earned the first Emmy nod of his career for the freshman season of "The Mentalist" – admits, "I was very surprised. There's definitely a sense of validation there. I'm not going to be modest or coy about it." And when asked about his fellow contenders in the lead actor in a drama series race, Baker said, "I look at the list of guys that are nominated and I was enormously flattered." Entertainment Tonight

• Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin will accept the Philo T. Farnsworth Award on behalf of NASA at the Emmy engineering awards this Saturday. The honor, named for TV inventor Farnsworth, recognizes an agency, company or institution whose contributions affected the state of TV technology and engineering. NASA is being feted for the live TV broadcast from the moon. ATAS

Project Runway Lifetime Season Six • Oscar winner Nicole Kidman ("The Hours") guests on Thursday's special "Project Runway: All-Star Challenge." A perennial on the best-dressed list, Kidman helps set up a design contest for eight top contestants from past seasons. The hour-long show airs in the 8 p.m. time slot, just before the sixth season launch of "Project Runway" on its new home at Lifetime. Heidi Klum – a current Emmy contender for hosting of the last season of the show on Bravo – returns as does fashion guru Tim Gunn.   AP

• Oscar champ "Slumdog Millionaire" leads with three nods at the 9th annual World Soundtrack Awards. The film contends in the same music categories it won at the Oscars – best score and best song – against many of the same competitors. Winners will be revealed at the close of the Ghent filmfest on Oct. 17. WSA

• Veteran Gotham gossip Liz Smith weighs in on the decision to drop the first night press from the rolls of Tony voters, saying the top theater kudos, "has betrayed the trust of the very voters who cared for the show the most." Variety

Photos: CBS (top); Lifetime (bottom)

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