THE full list of this year’s nominations for the BAFTA Scotland Awards has been announced.
The very best talent in film, games, and television produced in Scotland are set to be honoured in a digital ceremony which will be held next month.
Kelly Macdonald, Martin Compston and David Tennant have been named among this year’s nominees.
Limbo, a film directed by Ben Sharrock, which centres on the refugee experience of four Syrians as they seek asylum on a remote Scottish island has led with five coveted nominations in the best film, director, writer and actor categories.
Police drama Line of Duty picked up three nominations, including Audience Award Nominations for Scot stars Martin Compston and Kelly Macdonald, while Run, a film which explores drag racing in Fraserburgh, picked up three nominations in total including best feature film and a nomination for Mark Stanley for best film actor.
Edith Bowman will host the socially distanced, closed-studio show at BBC Pacific Quay alongside Sanjeev Kohli and other guest presenters on Saturday, November 20.
As well as high profile actors, there are a wealth of first time nominees at this year’s awards including Vikash Bhai and Amir El-Masry from Limbo, who are both up for the film actor category and Irune Gurtubai and Limbo director Ben Sharrock, nominated for the feature film category.
Sharrock also finds himself in the writer television/film and director – fiction categories.
Tamara Lawrence from Kindred is nominated in the film actress category, Abigail Lawrie of Tin Star: Liverpool has been nominated in the television actress category, Eva Riley is also nominated for best director for Perfect 10, while Mark Stanley and Marli Siu from run are nominated in the film actor and actress categories.
Speaking about this year’s nominations Jude MacLaverty, director of BAFTA Scotland said: “New Scottish talent is really exciting, some of the nominees this year have been nominated for a new talent award with us so I’m really excited to see them on the list alongside the likes of established talent who have been nominated and won before like Jack Lowden, James McAvoy, Kelly McDonald – Peter Mullan is on his eleventh.”
Ms Bowman added: “I think it’s great that there’s so so many first time nominees on the list, which is testament to both the encouragement and support that’s there for the industry, but then this standard of productions and performances that are coming through both in terms of front of camera stuff, also behind the scenes as well.
“For me, that’s just that’s what, this whole list is about is really celebrate that, and all the hard work that everybody’s done, particularly with restrictions that are still imposed on on things and how so much great material and productions and performances are being able to sort of shine through considering what everybody’s been under.
“I think what was incredible was seeing how quick people found a way of continuing. And I think that it was, it wasn’t just a case we’re going to shut down. I think it was a case of, how can we keep going.
“That’s easier for your big productions, but it’s different when you see things like little films or small independent productions that I’ve been able to get that in place to keep everyone safe. I applaud everybody who’s been able to.”
The diversity of the BAFTA nominations was also commented on, which Ms Bownan credited to BAFTA and the work that is done behind the scenes throughout the year.
“What’s great to see in the list is the diversity and the number of female nominees on there,” she said, “That’s due a lot to the work that Jude and the team behind the scenes as well do in terms of making sure that the BAFTA Scotland awards are represented and I think that this list really proves that they are.”
Announcing the nominees today in a statement, Ms MacLaverty said: “We are thrilled to be announcing the nominations for this year’s BAFTA Scotland Awards, which yet again highlight the phenomenal level of talent and creativity in the film, game and television industries within Scotland.
“We are particularly excited to announce so many incredible first time nominees this year and also to announce that this year’s Audience Award in partnership with Screen Scotland, will celebrate on screen talent, giving the public the opportunity to vote for their favourite Scot on Screen from the past 12 months.
“This year has continued to be an extremely challenging one for many, and throughout it, the film, gaming and TV industries have continued to inform and entertain us all with a wealth of quality programming, innovative games and important films, which is reflected in our list of talented nominees who we are very much looking forward to celebrating on 20 November.”
Ms Bowman added: “I am genuinely honoured and thrilled to be returning to host the BAFTA Scotland Awards again this year. What a list of nominees! I am so proud of all the incredible work and wealth of creative talent and craft that exists in Scotland, I can’t wait to celebrate with everyone on 20 November.”
The full list can be found on the BAFTA website.