Gold Derby nuggets: John Forsythe dies at 92 | Oscar shorts go long
• Two-time Golden Globe winner John Forsythe died of pneumonia late Thursday at the age of 92. Beginning in 1982, Forsythe racked up six consecutive Globe bids for best actor in a drama series for "Dynasty," winning in 1983 and 1984. Long before that nighttime soap brought him international fame, Forsythe worked steadily in both film and TV, earning an Emmy nod back in 1953. Forsythe also contended at the Emmys three times for his role as patriarch Blake Carrington on "Dynasty." He replaced George Peppard, who quit after a week of filming this frothy fun. Forsythe's most recent accolade came in 2007, when he won the TV Land award for Favorite Heard-but-Not-Seen Character for voicing Charlie on "Charlie's Angels."
• Alex Young reports on the slew of songs that Bob Dylan composed for the upcoming feature "My Own Love Song," which stars a pair of Oscar champs -- Renee Zellweger ("Cold Mountain") and Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland") -- both of whom croon his tunes in the picture. The film is the first in English for French director Olivier Dahan ("La Vie en Rose") and will debut at the Tribeca filmfest later this month. Dylan won the Oscar in 2000 for his original song "Things Have Changed" for the film "Wonder Boys." CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
• Bennett Marcus attended the wrap party for "Ugly Betty" and details the highs and lows of the emotional evening for the cast and crew of the show, which is signing off this month after four seasons. "Some of the producers choked up while addressing the crowd, and Ana Ortiz and Eric Mabius embraced the tearful America Ferrera, who finally took the microphone herself and made an emotional speech, thanking everyone involved with the show." NEW YORK
• While the Oscar races for live action and animated shorts are seen by some as just a way to break a tie when it comes to predicting the winners, there is an audience for these mini-movies. Shorts International and Magnolia Pictures, which package the 10 nominees into a single program, just announced that this year's edition has grossed more than $1 million in seven weeks of release. Tom Quinn, senior VP of Magnolia, calls this "an incredible achievement on so many levels. On average, less than 50 specialized films a year cross the [$1 million] mark, so to see our little program blossom into a big contender is a testament to the quality of these films. It's even more astounding considering that the marketing budget for the program has been the exact same year in and year out." SHORTS HD
• Matthew Belloni reports that while Sgt. Jeffrey Sarver filed a legal complaint on March 3 that Mark Boal -- the Oscar-winning screenwriter of "The Hurt Locker" -- had based the story on Sarver's experiences, he has yet to serve anyone with the court document. Belloni says, "In our experience it's pretty unusual to call a massive press conference to announce the filing of a lawsuit without serving the suit on the defendants immediately." THR
• ABC is making May 23 all about "Lost." Prior to airing the two-hour series finale, there will be a one-hour recap of all six seasons of this 2005 Emmy winner for best drama series. Then after the show, Jimmy Kimmel will host executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, as well as cast members, on the "Aloha to Lost" special.
Top photo: John Forsythe in "Dynasty." Credit: ABC
Bottom photo: "Logorama" poster. Credit: Autour de Minuit Productions