The British Academy of Film and Television Arts in Scotland, BAFTA Scotland, has announced the winners of this year’s British Academy Scotland Awards at a glamorous red carpet ceremony at Glasgow’s Radisson Blu Hotel this evening.
Hosted by Edith Bowman, the Awards celebrated the very best in film, television and games produced over the last year in Scotland, with Karen Gillan, Brian Cox, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Rupert Everett among the fantastic list of presenters handing out the coveted awards on the night.
The award for Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television went to Alan Cumming, OBE, the multi award-winning performer of both stage and screen. Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon presented the award along with tributes from friends and colleagues including Whoopi Goldberg, Lisa Kudrow, Gillies Mackinnon, Julianna Margulies, Maureen Beattie and Kirsty Wark.
Cumming’s award was one of three special recognitions given on the evening, with Production Designer Pat Campbell being honoured for Outstanding Contribution to Craft (in Memory of Robert McCann). The award was presented by director Peter Kosminsky. David Hayman presented producer Paddy Higson with the award for Outstanding Contribution to the Scottish Industry with tributes from Jed Mercurio, Bill Forsyth and Michael Caton Jones.
In competitive categories, Armando Iannucci and Scotland 78: A Love Story were the nights biggest winners with both picking up two awards. Iannucci (The Death of Stalin) picked up Writer Film/Television, supported by Screen Scotland, and Director Fiction, sponsored by Champagne Taittinger. John MacLaverty (Scotland 78: A Love Story) took home Director Factual and the acclaimed documentary also picked up Single Documentary.
Nae Pasaran triumphed in the Feature Film category. Director Felipe Bustos Sierra and contributors from the emotive documentary - Bob Fulton, John Keenan and Robert Sommerville - were on hand to accept the prestigious award.
Shauna Macdonald (White Chamber) won this year’s Actress Film award with Jack Lowden (Calibre) picking up Actor Film. Chris Reilly (The Last Post) received the Actor Television award while Elaine C Smith (Two Doors Down) won in Actress Television.
Scot Squad picked up the award for Television Scripted while Violent Men: Behind Bars scooped the Features & Factual Series prize with imagine… Rupert Everett: Born to be Wilde awarded Specialist Factual, sponsored by Deloitte.
Beckett received the award for Game, with Short Film won by My Loneliness is Killing Me. Entertainment was scooped by Armchair Detectives and this year’s Animation category won by Widdershins, voiced by Brian Cox.
Jude MacLaverty, Director of BAFTA Scotland, said:
It has been a truly incredible evening celebrating the very best of Scottish creative talent in Scotland across the film, television, and games industries. We are thrilled to celebrate the inspiring work that’s being produced in Scotland, and the fact that so much Scottish talent is being recognised internationally in the screen industries. We would like to offer our warmest congratulations to all our worth winners and nominees.
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