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British Academy Scotland Awards: Highlights in 2008

9 November 2008
Wattie Chung

Find out what happened on a star-studded night at the BAFTA Scotland Awards in 2008.

The best of Scotland’s film, television and multimedia talent graced the red carpet at Glasgow’s City Halls on Sunday 9 November for the annual BAFTA Scotland Awards.

The ceremony showcased the diversity of Scottish talent working both within and outwith Scotland. Over 800 people attended the event which was streamed live online allowing people all over Scotland, the UK and indeed across the globe the opportunity top join in the celebration of Scottish talent and achievment in the art forms of the moving image.

The Scottish industry was out in force with Robert Carlyle, Robbie Coltrane, Brian Cox and Ken Stott just some of the home-grown talent in attendance. Jenni Falconer, Michelle Gomez and host Edith Bowman provided some glamour on what proved to be a night of typical Glaswegian weather - rain, hail and even a bit of snow later in the evening.

We have an incredible culture for a small nation. Our acting’s second to none and our writing talent is extraordinary...

Edith Bowman was delighted to be hosting her first BAFTA Scotland Awards stressing the growing importance of the ceremony: "Things like this draw emphasis towards the arts and people making exceptional art. And that’s the sort of thing that’s going to draw attention and funding."

Brian Cox took to the stage to collect his prize for Acting Performance in Film and commented: “We have an incredible culture for a small nation. Our acting’s second to none and our writing talent is extraordinary”.

His win on home turf clearly meant a lot to him: "The Scottish BAFTAs are a genuine look at our home-grown talent. As international as I would like to think myself. I’m still a boy fae Dundee, and to receive acknowledgment from one’s own kind always means a lot”.

Other big winners included Grand Theft Auto IV, made by Edinburgh-based company Rockstar North, who took the Multimedia Award and Channel 4’s Gary’s War, starring rising comedy actor Greg McHugh, which won the Entertainment Programme category.

Accepting the Feature Film Award for Summer with director Kenny Glenaan, Robert Carlyle commented “It’s fantastic to be recognised at home” and reiterated that Summer proved that with a little money Scottish film could stand against “the best in the world”.

Ken Stott, who took the award for Best Acting Performance in Television for BBC Four drama Hancock and Joan, said “I was absolutely delighted. These are people I know and admire, and that makes it all the nicer. Celebrations like tonight show that we have a huge talent here.“

Lorraine Kelly was delighted to have won sponsor’s Lloyds TSB Scotland’s audience award for Most Popular Scottish presenter saying: ”There are some legends in there, so that makes it even more special.”

Three special awards were given; the Outstanding Contribution to Scottish Broadcasting which went to Peter McDougall, the Craft Award (in memory of Robert McCann) to Morag Ross and the Outstanding Achievement to Scottish Film to Pelicula Films (Mike Alexander and Mark Littlewood).

*View the full list of Winners