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Scots stars shine in the BAFTA limelight

HIT film The Last King of Scotland swept the boards at the BAFTA Scotland awards last night, with James McAvoy crowned as best actor for his role as Idi Amin's doctor in the film.

The powerful drama, based on the Giles Foden's novel about Ugandan dictator's brutal regime, took home a further two awards: Best Feature Film and Best Screenplay.

But there was also recognition for Scotland's rising talents, with Sean Biggerstaff picking up an award for his performance in BBC4's Consenting Adults, about the 1957 Wolfenden report into gay rights. Other winners at the red-carpet event, held in Glasgow's City Halls, included Rebus for SMG Productions and Black Watch - A Soldier's Story, which picked up the prize for best documentary at the ceremony attended by more than 800 guests and hosted by the GMTV presenter Lorraine Kelly.

BBC programme Did Your Vote Count?, A Newsnight Scotland Special won Best News and Current Affairs, Nina & The Neurons, made by BBC Scotland, came top of the Best Children's category and, for the second year in a row, The Lloyds TSB Scotland Audience Award for most popular television programme went to hit BBC1 comedy series, Still Game. But while most winners showed genuine delight when their names were called, there was little surprise when Sophia Myles was named best actress for her performance in Hallam Foe - as she was the only nomination in the category.

But Myles, a former girlfriend of the Doctor Who star David Tennant, did not attend the awards, designed to honour those in front of and behind the camera in film and television in Scotland.

McAvoy, 28, who returned to his home city for the ceremony, said he had been honoured just to be nominated.

"I am very pleased to have won the award. It's nice to get it at home in Scotland, in Glasgow and in front of my family," he said.

"I've played a lot of Englishmen, and for Scottish BAFTA to forgive me for that and award me for playing a Scotsman is very humbling."

The Scot, who played Idi Amin's physician, Dr James Garrigan, in the Kevin MacDonald film, also spoke of his future plans. Now based in London, where he lives with his wife, the actress Anne-Marie Duff, he admitted he was sometimes homesick. "I miss the rain, the hills and square sausage," he said.

Having recently finished filming the action film Wanted, along with co-star Angelina Jolie, McAvoy said he planned to take a back seat for a while.

He added: "Apart from anything else, I think people get fed up of you. I'm young and I should be working lots, but I need a bit of a rest as well."

He claims he will take the opportunity to renovate his London home and to become a "househusband" for a while. "Not so much new man, though, as boring man who fancies staying in the house," he added.

Biggerstaff, who also featured alongside Daniel Radcliffe in two of the Harry Potter films, recently completed the film Hippy Hippy Shake with Ciaran Murphy and Sienna Miller. Speaking of Consenting Adults, he said: "I only got the job two days before we started, but it was a pleasure to work on. This is really just the cherry on the cake."

Alison Forsyth, the director of BAFTA Scotland, said: "This year's awards have been the biggest and best ever.

"Over 800 people attended the event and a galaxy of Scottish stars presented and received awards.

"It has been a fantastic evening and we are once again delighted that we have the support of Lloyds TSB Scotland, who have helped make the night such a memorable one."

THE FULL LIST OF WINNERS

FILM AWARDS

Best Feature Film

The Last King of Scotland

Best Actor

James McAvoy, The Last King of Scotland

Best Actress

Sophia Myles, Hallam Foe

Best Screenplay

Peter Morgan & Jeremy Brock, The Last King of Scotland

Best Short Film

Losing Myself: Annie

Best Animation

Potapych - The Bear who loved Vodka

Special Contribution to Scottish Film

Eddie McConnell

BAFTA Scotland Award for Craft (In Memory of Robert McCann)

Libbie Barr

Outstanding International Contribution

Craig Armstrong

TELEVISION

Best Actor

Sean Biggerstaff, Consenting Adults

Best Actress

Jane McCarry, Still Game

The Lloyds TSB Scotland Audience Award for Most Popular Scottish programme

Still Game

Best Drama

Rebus (starring Ken Stott, above)

Best News & Current Affairs

Did Your Vote Count? A Newsnight Scotland Special (BBC Scotland)

Best Documentary

Black Watch - A Soldier's Story (starring Ryan Fletcher, left)

Best Factual Entertainment

Mountain

Best Comedy or Entertainment

Blow Out

Best Childrens

Nina & The Neurons

Best Writing

Julian Mitchell, Consenting Adults

Special Contribution to Scottish Broadcasting

Mary Marquis

 
 
 

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