The Scottish BAFTA awards

The Scottish BAFTA award ceremony returned from its one year hiatus with a grand flourish at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow on Monday night.  A lot of stars came out to shine on the event, and Jude MacLaverty, BAFTA Scotland director, applauded the wealth of nominations as an indication of the talent Scotland has on offer.

Amongst the celebrities who turned out were Richard Wilson, Evan Bremner, Karen Dunbar, John Sessions and Kirsty Young, to watch Robbie Coltrane accept a special award for his outstanding contribution to film.  Coltrane, of Cracker, Harry Potter and Tutti Frutti fame, dedicated the award to his children, joking that he appreciated them never asking him why he didn’t “get a proper job.”

Other awards were for grimmer and grittier contributions, with actor/director Peter Mullins receiving two of them for Neds, a film he wrote and directed, about a boy coming of age in 1970’s Scotland.  The award for Best Feature and Best Actor went to the 2010 drama Donkeys.  Mullins won Best Writer and Best Director; James Cosmo took Best Actor for his role as the man trying to reunite his estranged family, edging out his co-star Brian Pettifer who was nominated in the same category.

Jayd Johnson aced out nominees who were co-stars in Field of Blood to take the Best TV Actor/Actress award, while Limmy’s Show won out over Burnistoun and Rab C Nesbitt in the category of Best Entertainment Programme.

Movie fans voted online for their favourite Scottish film of the past two years, and the winner was Fast Romance,  the 2011 romantic comedy with Juliet Cadzow and William Ruane.