BAFTA Scotland nominations revealed

Feature by The Skinny | 06 Oct 2016

BAFTA Scotland has announced the nominations for this year's British Academy Scotland Awards, with BBC crime drama Shetland leading the field

The nominations for this year’s BAFTA Scotland Awards, the annual awards celebrating the best in homegrown film, television and gaming, were announced last night in Glasgow.

The best actor category is dominated by two of Scotland’s acting heavyweights, nominated for performances in which their years of experience are right up there on screen: Peter Mullan and Brian Cox. Mullan’s nod comes for Hector, in which he plays a man who’s been living rough on the streets for years, while Cox’s comes for his performance as a cantankerous Shakespearean actor with the beginnings of Parkinson’s in The Carer. Cox and Mullan are joined by relative newcomer Jack Lowden, who stars with Mullan in Tommy’s Honour.

In the best actress category, Kate Dickie is recognised for her committed turn in Tom Geens' strange but compelling Couple in a Hole, and she’s joined by rising star Ruth Negga, who dominates Scott Graham’s tragic drama Iona. Alison Peebles, star of Where Do We Go from Here?, also receives a best actress nomination.

In terms of the small screen, the current Doctor, Peter Capaldi, is up for best male; the election special of Greg McHugh’s Gary: Tank Commander competes for best feature entertainment; and historical time travel saga Outlander gets three nods, for best actor, best actress and best drama. Leading the TV pack, however, is BBC Scotland crime drama Shetland, with four nominations (best actor, best director, best writer and best drama).

Ross Hogg and Duncan Cowles’ moving short documentary Isabella, winner of best Scottish short at this year’s Glasgow Short Film Festival, is in the running for best short film, along with Swan (Lindsay Brown, Anne Milne) and Take Your Partners (Siri Rodnes, Stuart Condy, Sara Forbes). There’s also a nomination for Cat Bruce's elegiac stop-motion short No Place Like Home in the animation category.

Best film nominees include Tommy’s Honour, which opened this year’s Edinburgh Film Festival, Terence Davies' moving and beautiful adaptation of Sunset Song, and teen road movie Moon Dogs.

The awards, including two outstanding contribution awards, will be presented at the annual BAFTA Scotland ceremony, hosted by Edith Bowman on Sunday 6 November at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow.

Find the full list of BAFTA Scotland nominees below:

Actor Film
Brian Cox, The Carer
Jack Lowden, Tommy’s Honour
Peter Mullan, Hector

Actress Film
Kate Dickie, Couple in a Hole
Ruth Negga, Iona
Alison Peebles, Where Do We Go from Here?

Actor Television
Peter Capaldi, Doctor Who
Douglas Henshall, Shetland
Sam Heughan, Outlander

Actress Television
Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Ashley Jensen, Catastrophe
Annie Wallace, Hollyoaks

American Dream, Kevin McCrae, Jonny Harris - Playdead
No Place Like Home, Cat Bruce, Neil Jack - KoLik
The Testament of Gideon Mack, Simon Biggs, Will Adams, Innes Smith, Rory Lowe - Once Were Farmers

Children’s Programme
All Over the Workplace, Dougie Napier, Valerie Mellon, Yvonne Jennings - BBC Scotland/CBBC
Down on the Farm, Donna Damassa, Jacqui McAlpine, Yvonne Jennings - BBC Scotland/CBeebies
Lifebabble, Donna Damassa, Julia Bond - BBC Scotland/CBBC

Mrs Brown’s Boys: Christmas Special 2015, Ben Kellett, Brendan O'Carroll, Stephen McCrum, Martin Delany - BBC Studios, BOC PIX and RTE/BBC One
Scot Squad, Production Team - The Comedy Unit/BBC Scotland
Two Doors Down, Simon Hynd, Catherine Gosling-Fuller, Simon Carlyle, Gregor Sharp – BBC Studios/BBC Two

Current Affairs
BBC Scotland Investigates: Britain's Puppy Dealers Exposed, Liam McDougall, Samantha Poling, Sandeep Gill – BBC Scotland
BBC Scotland Investigates: Rugby and the Brain - Tackling the Truth, Stephen Magee, John Beattie, Claire Harris – BBC Scotland
Eòrpa, Angela MacLean, Nina Torrance, Margaret-Jane Mason, Rebecca MacLennan - BBC Scotland/BBC Alba

Director Film/Television
Michael Keillor, Line of Duty
Douglas Mackinnon, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
Jan Matthys, Shetland

Factual Series
Into the Wild with Gordon Buchanan, Wendy Rattray, Gordon Buchanan, Allanah Langstaff, Peter Strachan – Hello Halo/BBC Two 
Scotland’s Home Movies: Memories on Film, Production Team – BBC Studios/BBC Scotland
This Farming Life, Production Team – BBC Studios/BBC Two

Feature Film
Moon Dogs, Kathy Speirs, Philip John, Raymond Friel, Derek Boyle - Up Helly Aa, Ripple World Pictures
Sunset Song, Terence Davies, Sol Papadopoulos, Roy Boulter, Bob Last - Hurricane Films
Tommy’s Honour, Jason Connery, Keith Bank, Bob Last, Jim Kreutzer - Gutta Percha Productions, SellOutPictures

Feature/Factual Entertainment
Antiques Road Trip, Chris Greenwood, Matt Jackson, Andrew Robertson, Kirsten Highet  - STV Productions/BBC Two
Gary: Tank Commander, Election Special, Simon Hynd, Chris Grady, Greg McHugh - BBC Studios/BBC Scotland
Supershoppers, Nicole Kleeman, Jo Scott - Firecrest Films/Channel 4

Binaries, Anthony Gowland, Will Morton - Ant Workshop
Glitchspace, Robin Griffiths, Mustafa Cetiner, Graham Hill, Ronan Quigley - Space Budgie
Killbox, Malath Abbas, Tom DeMajo, Albert Elwin, Joseph DeLappe - Biome Collective

Short Film
Isabella, Ross Hogg, Duncan Cowles
Swan, Lindsay Brown, Anne Milne
Take Your Partners, Siri Rodnes, Stuart Condy, Sara Forbes

Single Documentary
Dunblane: Our Story, Stephen Bennett, Michael McAvoy, Lucy Austen – STV Productions/BBC One
The Islands and the Whales, Mike Day - Intrepid Cinema
Seven Songs for a Long Life, Amy Hardie, Sonja Henrici – SDI Productions/BBC Scotland

Specialist Factual
Imagine... Richard Flanagan: Life after Death, Jack Cocker, Alan Yentob, Tanya Hudson – BBC Studios/BBC One
Ten Hughes: Stronger than Death, Richard Curson Smith, Ross Wilson, Liz Hartford, Lucy Evans – Matchlight/BBC Two
The Truth about Dementia, Jane Aldous, Dan Child, Mairead Maclean, Sharon Adams – BBC Studios/BBC Two

Television Drama
Not Safe for Work, DC Moore, Andy Baker, Kieron Hawkes, Jemma Rodgers – Clerkenwell Films/Channel 4
Outlander, Production Team - Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining & Supply Co., Left Bank Pictures, Sony Pictures Television/Amazon Prime Instant Video
Shetland, Production Team – ITV Studios/BBC One

Writer Film/Television
Gaby Chiappe, Shetland
DC Moore, Not Safe for Work
Jonathan Wilson and Ciara Conway, River City