A dram fine Baftas night for Angels’ Share as Scots film scoops awards
Whisky caper The Angels’ Share, its young star, Paul Brannigan, and rising film-maker Zam Salim grabbed a share of the glory from Billy Connolly at tonight’s Scottish Bafta ceremony in Glasgow.
The screenplay for director Ken Loach’s Cannes prize-winning heist movie won the best writer gong for his regular collaborator, Paul Laverty.
The best actor award went to Brannigan, who was plucked from obscurity, while working on a violence-reduction programme, by the veteran English director for the lead role of a troubled young Glaswegian persuaded to stage a dramatic raid on a distillery.
Brannigan had been competing with one of his co-stars, Siobhan Reilly, for the coveted prize.
BBC Scotland won a huge boost after capturing the current affairs award for its controversial documentary, Rangers, The Men Who Sold The Jerseys.
Among the stars to attend the event – hosted by Edith Bowman – were Brian Cox, Ewen Bremner, Siobhan Redmond, Rory Bremner and Neil Oliver.
Connolly, who was awarded an outstanding contribution to film and television Bafta, was unable to attend the event due to a previous commitment in the United States.
But he recorded a video message, in which he spoke of his pride at getting the award, telling the 500-strong audience: “I left school with nothing, you know.”
Connolly, who is due to make an in-person appearance at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow next month, added: “Thank you very, very much, television viewers and people of Bafta Scotland, for this wonderful, wonderful award. I really appreciate it.
“I know you people think that we luvvies get prizes every day, shiny things handed to us, but the last time I was up for a Bafta prize in Scotland, I lost both of them, one to Ewan McGregor and the other to Kaye Adams.
“I’m really sorry I can’t be there, because I am in San Francisco doing some engagements, but I will be in Glasgow in December and my heart is there all the time.”
Hollywood star Cox, who made a tribute speech about Connolly in the star’s absence, said: “An honour like this for Billy has been a long time coming, he really should have been honoured well before now. As an actor, he’s simply been getting better and better.”
Zam Salim collected both the best director Bafta and best feature film prize with his black comedy Up There, his first film, which was premièred at the Glasgow Film Festival this year.
Stuart Cosgrove, the broadcaster, writer, media pundit and TV executive, was honoured for a career which saw him become head of programmes for the nations and regions on Channel Four.
Rab C Nesbitt star Gregor Fisher beat off competition from co-star Elaine C Smith to win the best TV actor award, while Antiques Road Trip, which STV made for the BBC, scooped the best factual entertainment programme award.
Brannigan said: “It’s a real honour to be here. It’s the proudest moment of my life, after the birth of my son.!
“I could never have imagined I’d be here in Glasgow on the red carpet.
“It’s bigger than Cannes, to be honest.”
Jude MacLaverty, director of Bafta in Scotland, said: “The awards reflect the sheer breadth of talent being generated in Scotland, and it’s great to see so much of it celebrated tonight.”
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Winners of the BAFTA Scotland Awards 2012
- Best Comedy / Entertainment - Mrs Brown's Boys
- Best Game - Bad Hotel
- Current Affairs - Rangers The Men Who Sold The Jerseys
- Single Documentary - Afterlife: The Strange Science of Decay
- Best Factual Series - Afghanistan: The Great Game, A Personal View by Rory Stewart
- Features / Factual Entertainment - Antiques Road Trip
- Best Actor / Actress Television - Gregor Fisher (Rab C Nesbit)
- Director - Zam Salim (Up There)
- Best Writer - Paul Laverty (The Angels' Share)
- Best Actor / Actress Film - Paul Brannigan (The Angels' Share)
- Animation - The Making of Longbird
- Feature Film - Up There
- Special Achievement Award 2012: Callum Macrae (Director) SRI LANKA'S KILLING FIELDS
- Special Achievement Award 2012: Paul Mcguigan (Director) SHERLOCK
- Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting - Stuart Cosgrove
- Outstanding Contribution for Craft (In Memory of Robert McCann) - Trisha Biggar
- Outstanding Contribution to Television and Film - Billy Connolly CBE