James McAvoy bags Best Actor Award at BAFTA Scotland

November 19th, 2007 - 3:44 pm ICT by admin  

London, November 19 (ANI): James McAvoy was honoured with the Best Actor Award at the BAFTA Scotland award ceremony, held in Glasgow’s City Halls on Monday night.

He was awarded in recognition of his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin’s doctor in hit film The Last King of Scotland.

“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,” the Scotsman quoted him as saying.

“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,” he added.

The film, which is based on English author Giles Foden’s novel about Amin’s brutal regime, also bagged awards in the Best Feature Film and Best Screenplay categories.

The event also saw Scotland’s rising talent Sean Biggerstaff taking home an award for his performance in BBC4’s Consenting Adults, about the 1957 Wolfenden report into gay rights.

Black Watch - A Soldier’s Story got the Best Documentary Award at the ceremony, which was attended by over 800 guests and hosted by the GMTV presenter Lorraine Kelly.

While the Best News and Current Affairs Award went to the BBCs special Newsnight Scotland programme Did Your Vote Count?, while BBC Scotlands Nina & The Neurons won the award in the Best Childrens category for the second year in a row.

Scottish sitcom Still Game, produced by The Comedy Unit with the BBC, won the Lloyds TSB Scotland Audience Award for most popular television programme.

The Best Actress Award went to Sophia Myles, the only nomination in the category, for her performance in Hallam Foe. She, however, did not attend the award ceremony.

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,” Forsyth added.

The full list of winners (Films):

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

The full list of winners (TV):

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

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 (ANI)

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