Scottish BAFTAs 2013

Speaking on the red carpet, Cox discussed An Adventure In Time And Space, admitting that he had never used to be a Doctor Who fan, and instead remembers the weekend the first ever episode aired for other reasons (John F. Kennedy’s assassination, primarily). Dickie, meanwhile, seemed to be enjoying a much-needed rest, having recently wrapped on The Silent Storm with Damian Lewis and Andrea Riseborough.

The past year has seen releases as diverse as Shell and Citadel, Not Another Happy Ending and The Great Hip Hop Hoax, The Wee Man and The Devil’s Plantation. If you went to the cinema in October you had a choice of three of the best: Filth, Sunshine On Leith and For Those In Peril, two of which starred George MacKay, a London-born actor who spent most of his year trying to convince audiences he was from Aberdeenshire.

The awards were not just for film, however, and the evening got underway with a number of accolades for Scottish television and gaming. The Factual Series award went to BBC Two’s Operation Iceberg, while Channel 4’s Bank Of Dave was honoured in the Features/Factual Documentary category. Comic Relief Does Glee Club Live Final won the award for Children’s Programme, meanwhile, as did Hart’s Desire for Animation.

Peter Mullan won not for Sunshine On Leith but In Fear, bagging the award for Best Television Actor/Actress. It was Murder which took home the award for Television Drama, for which Robert Jones also won in the Best Writer category. Journalist Kirsty Wark was recognised for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting, while the Special Award For Achievement In 2013 went to Rockstar North, the Edinburgh-based company behind the hugely successful Grand Theft Auto series.

But what about film, we hear you ask? Perhaps the biggest surprise of the evening came when The Wee Man picked up the Cineworld Audience Award ahead of other nominees Fire In The Night and I Am Breathing. Both were honoured elsewhere, however, with Anthony Wonke’s astonishing Piper Alpha doc winning the Single Documentary category and I Am Breathing proving victorious in the Best Director category. Deservedly, it was For Those In Peril and its star George MacKay which took the Best Feature Film and Best Film Actor/Actress prizes respectively.

This year’s special award for Outstanding Contribution to Craft went to visual effects supervisor Steven Begg. His fingerprints most recently felt on Sam Mendes’ Skyfall, Begg is a prolific name in the film industry, with credits including The Wolfman, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, The Golden Compass and Batman Begins.

The final award of the night – for Outstanding Contribution to Television and Film – went to Greenock-born actor Richard Wilson, who was apparently “chuffed to buggery” to receive it from Richard II thesp David Tennant, who is set to play a young Wilson in an upcoming BBC Radio 4 programme.

So what do you think of the winners? And, specifically, what did you think was the best Scottish film of the year?

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