JJ Abrams pays tribute to Scottish Bafta winner

Simon Pegg presented the award
Simon Pegg presented the award
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TWO of the world’s leading film directors have paid tribute to a little-known Scottish film-maker as he received an outstanding contribution award from BAFTA Scotland.

JJ Abrams, the man behind reboots of Star Trek and Star Wars, and Roland Emmerich, the director of Independence Day and Godzilla, recorded special tributes to Tommy Gormley, a regular first assistant director on big-money Hollywood films.

Actor Simon Pegg, known to millions of Star Trek fans as Scotty, made a surprise appearance in Glasgow to hand over his award.

Abrams said: “Tommy Gormley is not just the most incredible first AD I’ve ever seen but is one of the greatest people I’ve ever met.

“He is just a remarkable guy who bears the burden of the work but celebrates it at every moment, more than anyone I’ve ever seen. I love him, and I am so honoured to be his friend and his partner and collaborator in work.”


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Pegg said: “I’ve worked with Tommy five times, more than any other assistant director in my career. I just think he’s the best. I don’t know of anyone that has the same degree of professionalism as him.”

Gormley was honoured along with two fellow Glaswegians, presenter Lorraine Kelly, who has just celebrated 30 years in broadcasting, and Alex Graham, a veteran TV producer, who created the hit series Who Do You Think You Are?, which is now in its 10th series.

Kelly said the news of the award from BAFTA Scotland had come “out of the blue.”

“It is amazing to think I’ve been doing this for 30 years. I thought I had had all the celebrations at work, but this is really the best it gets. I’m not even working tomorrow, they’ve given me the day off.

“I want to keep working as long as people want to watch me. I absolutely love it, it’s the best job in the world.”

Graham, who sold his production company Wall to Wall for around £25 million, said: “It is a bit overwhelming and unexpected, to be honest. There is no greater honour than your peers deciding you are worthy of an award like this.

“I’ve never really wanted to be in front of the camera or have my name plastered all over thing. But what I’m really proud of are the shows and the company.”


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