BAFTA in Scotland announced on Tuesday 23 October, that radio DJ and television presenter Edith Bowman will host the British Academy Scotland Awards 2012, honouring the very best Scottish talent in film, television and video games industries.
The BBC star from Anstruther, Scotland, appeared in Glasgow alongside BAFTA in Scotland Director Jude MacLaverty to announce the award’s nominations. The Angels’ Share leads the way with four nominations, closely followed by Kevin Bridges and Zam Salim (Up There) with two each. Gregor Fisher and Elaine C Smith go head-to-head in the Best TV Actor /Actress Category.
The British Academy Scotland Awards is one of the biggest nights in Scotland’s moving images industry calendar renowned for welcoming and honouring an impressive line-up of stars. This year’s ceremony will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow on Sunday 18th November when the winners will be unveiled.
Edith, who is due to start a new double-headed show on 6music with Adam Buxton, said, “I am delighted to have been asked to host the British Academy Scotland Awards 2012. The event is a brilliant showcase of the moving image industries and highlights the wealth of talent here in Scotland.
“Over the past year, Scotland has cemented its reputation as a leading player in film, TV and game production. So much fantastic work has been produced and I’m very excited to see who wins from the list of nominees.”
This year’s shortlist of 36 celebrates an astonishingly diverse range of talent and work across 12 different categories including: Actor/Actress for Film, Actor/Actress for TV, Animation, Comedy/Entertainment Programme, Current Affairs, Director, Factual Series, Features/Factual Entertainment, Feature Film, Games, Single Documentary and Writer.
Jude MacLaverty, Director of BAFTA in Scotland, said, “It is fantastic to have Edith hosting this year. Edith understands the industry and is passionate about encouraging and celebrating talent here in Scotland. She’s perfect for the job.”
Jude added; “The British Academy Scotland Awards is all about rewarding excellence in the industry, and this year’s nominations reflect the sheer breadth of talent, creativity, and originality here in Scotland.”
The Awards in 2012 will take place on Sunday 18 November at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow. See the full list of nominees:British Academy Scotland Awards Nominees in 2012 >
For information on buying tickets or sponsorship opportunities, please visit BAFTA in Scotland’s website (www.bafta.org/scotland/) or call 0141 302 1770.
Notes To Editors:
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is the leading UK charity supporting developing and promoting the art forms of the moving image. Since 1989, BAFTA has continued to specifically champion the film, television and video game industries in Scotland by celebrating excellence, championing new Scottish talent and reaching out to the public
BAFTA in Scotland
Scotland has the highest level of film, TV and animation production in the UK outside of London, with more than 100 production companies and 300 facilities companies, with a combined turnover of £1.2 billion
Edith has hosted the BBC's television coverage of Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds and T in the Park festivals. Most recently Edith presented the Vue film show on Channel 4 and the BAFTA coverage for BBC3 in February, and her successful review show on Radio 1 goes from strength-to-strength. Film is something that has become a regular fixture in Edith’s career, through her work with BAFTA and various film companies. Her recent in-depth chat with award winning screen writer Abi Morgan can soon be seen on the BAFTA website.