COMIC John Sessions paid tribute to the “prodigious gifts” of Robbie Coltrane as he presented him with a special Bafta award at a ceremony in Glasgow last night.
The Cracker, Tutti Frutti and Harry Potter actor was given a special award for Outstanding Contribution to Film at a night which celebrated Scottish talent.
Among those who came to cheer Coltrane were One Foot in the Grave actor Richard Wilson and The Thick of It star Peter Capaldi.
Coltrane dedicated the award to his children, saying: “My children have had to put up with quite a lot of nonsense from having a famous dad. But neither of them have ever said. ‘Why don’t you get a proper job’.”
He also thanked Jimmy McGovern and John Byrne, along with “a million people who have been helpful to me – good writers, good directors”.
The award to Coltrane was a welcome light moment in an award ceremony that was dominated by dark, gritty dramas.
Neds, directed by Peter Mullan won two awards, as did Donkeys, directed by Morag McKinnon.
Glaswegian comic Kevin Bridges was the host for the evening, while Richard Wilson, Karen Dunbar and Greg McHugh were among the guests on the red carpet.
Science fiction writer Sir Terry Pratchett collected an award for the documentary about his struggle with Alzheimers: Terry Pratchett, Choosing to Die.
Also in the audience for the awards, which were taking place for the first time in two years, were actor Ewen Bremner, broadcaster Kaye Adams and presenter Kirsty Young.
Jude MacLaverty, director of Bafta Scotland said: “We’re thrilled to see the British Academy Scotland Awards return for such a fantastic night. The strength of nominations in the categories demonstrates the wealth of talent we have within our country.
“The British Academy Scotland Awards has produced some truly deserving winners and my congratulations goes out to them and all the nominees.”
The hotly-tipped Neds, a tale of teenage delinquency in 1970s Glasgow, directed and written by Mullan, missed out on best feature, but did pick up awards for best writer and best director.
Instead the award for best feature film, went to Donkeys, directed by Morag McKinnon. The story of a man trying to make amends with his disunited family, Donkeys also won a best actor award for James Cosmo.
The drama Field of Blood dominated the television acting awards with three best actor and actress nominations for Jayd Johnson, Peter Capaldi and Ford Kiernan, with Johnson walking away with the prize.
Brian Limond picked up the entertainment programme award for Limmy’s Show. Congratulations came on Twitter from Father Ted creator Graham Lineham and there were calls for the programme to be given a third series and to be shown in the rest of the UK.
The Scheme, a controversial documentary about life on a housing estate in Kilmarnock, picked up an award for factual series, which producer Michelle Friel collected.
Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting was awarded to Eileen Gallagher, of Shed Productions, while the award for Outstanding Contribution for Craft went to David Peat.
The Cineworld audience award went to Fast Romance, which was chosen by film fans voting online for the best Scottish movie of the past two years.
And the winners are…
Donkeys - directed by Morag McKinnon
Peter Mullan - Neds
Peter Mullan - Neds
Actor/actress - film
James Cosmo - Donkeys
Jayd Johnson - Field of Blood for BBC1 Scotland
Case histories - BBC1
Limmy’s Show - The Comedy Unit
Big City Park - BBC Scotland
The Walking Wounded - BBC Scotland
Terry Pratchett Choosing to die - BBC2
The Scheme - Friel Kean Films for BBC Scotland
Live event coverage
The Great Climb - BBC2 Scotland
I Love Luci - Sigma Films
Quarrel - Denki
Fixing Luka - Digicult
Cineworld audience award for best Scottish film
Outstanding contribution for craft
Outstanding contribution to film