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Gold Derby nuggets: Colin Firth lauded for 'A Single Man' | Mark Burnett tops with PGA | Lisa Kudrow & Courteney Cox TV 'friends' again

October 27, 2009 |  4:28 pm

Colin Firth A Single Man • In September, Colin Firth started the long trek to the Oscars by winning best actor at the Venice filmfest. Today the Santa Barbara filmfest announced it will fete Firth with the outstanding performance prize on Feb. 13. That is just three days after AMPAS mails out the final Oscar ballot. Said fest exec Roger Durling, "Colin Firth grabs on to the best role of his career in 'A Single Man' forcing us to have another look at his incredible list of films up to this point. He's one of the most enduring performers working in cinema today, and we're so thrilled that we're honoring this most deserving actor at the peak of his game." Previous recipients include Penelope Cruz (2009), Angelina Jolie (2008), Helen Mirren (2007), Heath Ledger (2006), Kate Winslet (2005) and Charlize Theron (2004). SBIFF

Mark Burnett is the first reality producer to win the Producer Guild of America's Norman Lear Award. The exec of "Survivor," "The Apprentice" and "Shark Tank" will receive the award at the annual PGA kudos on Jan. 24. In a statement, PGA Awards co-chairs Laurence Mark and David Friendly said, "Mark Burnett is an extraordinarily gifted and prolific producer who has truly changed the television landscape with his award-winning reality programming. Mark has made a tremendous impact on the television industry worldwide, and we look forward to honoring his remarkable achievements.” Last year, the PGA feted David Chase ("The Sopranos"). Previous recipients include Dick Wolf, Jerry Bruckheimer, John Wells, Lorne Michaels, Bud Yorkin, Carsey-Werner-Mandabach, David L. Wolper, Don Hewitt, Garry K. Marshall, Aaron Spelling, Steven Bochco, David E. Kelley, and Norman Lear. PGA

Courteney Cox Cougar TownLisa Kudrow will be visiting her old friend Courteney Cox on "Cougar Town" later this season. While Kudrow won one of her six supporting Emmy nods for "Friends," shockingly Cox was never even nominated during the decade long run of that megahit. Kudrow is an Emmy favorite having also earned a nod for the single season of "The Comeback." As Cox tells TV Guide, "If it all works out, she’ll play a dermatologist that my character can’t stop going to even though the doctor is mean to me." Is it a Botox thing? The show’s writers are not exactly sure yet, says Cox, who’s also producing the show, "but whatever it is, she’s the best in town at what she does and I become addicted." TV GUIDE

• "Dustbin Baby," "Rhestr Nadolig Wil," "The Sarah Jane Adventures" and "US5" vie for top drama series at the BAFTA Children's Awards. "Bolt," "Coraline," "High School Musical 3," and "Ice Age 3" compete for best feature film. The kudos celebrating the best in children's media will be handed out in a Nov. 29 ceremony at the Hilton Park Lane hosted by comedy duo Dick and Dom. BAFTA

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