Review of the Year 2008/2009
The Awards continued
Nations & Regions Awards
It has been another sensational 12 months of awards for BAFTA in its other strongholds of Scotland, Wales and Los Angeles, winning recognition for a truly diverse range of inspirational talent.
First up, on 6 November 2008, were BAFTA/LA’s Britannia Awards, presented by Bombardier Business Aircraft. The evening rode the wave of euphoria still sweeping the US following Barack Obama’s historic victory just 48 hours earlier.
Acclaimed actor, writer and director Sean Penn was presented with the Stanley Kubrick Award for Excellence in Film, while Stephen Frears’ 40-year career in film and television, creating movies such as My Beautiful Laundrette, The Grifters and The Queen, was celebrated with the John Schlesinger Award for Artistic Excellence in Directing.
Tilda Swinton scooped British Artist of the Year and Don Cheadle was presented with the Humanitarian Award for his extraordinary campaign to persuade world leaders to end the tragedy in Darfur.
Three days later, it was the turn of the Lloyds TSB BAFTA Scotland Awards. In front of 800 guests at Glasgow’s City Halls, plus many more watching the live online broadcast, Brian Cox collected his award for Acting Performance in Film for his role in The Escapist, one that was written specifically for him, of a prisoner with a life sentence. The equivalent award in television went to Ken Stott for his equally stirring portrayal of Tony Hancock in Hancock And Joan. Robert Carlyle was also there to receive the Feature Film Award for Summer, with director Kenny Glenaan.
Other big winners included Channel 4’s Gary’s War, starring rising actor Greg McHugh, which won in the Entertainment Programme category, and Grand Theft Auto IV, developed by Edinburgh-based Rockstar North, which took the Multimedia Award.
There was a galaxy of Welsh screen talent in attendance at the 18th BAFTA Cymru Film, Television and Interactive Media Awards on 17 May 2009. Around 1000 nominees and guests gathered at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay for a ceremony hosted by Gethin Jones.
A different Jones – Ruth – was the centre of attention when she was presented with the Siân Phillips Award by Michael Sheen, for her achievement in co-creating, writing and starring in the much-loved Gavin & Stacey. In that show, Nessa’s elderly and surprisingly blunt neighbour Doris is played by the veteran television actress Margaret John, and it was she who was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Her long and varied list of credits includes The Mighty Boosh, Little Britain, Emmerdale, Lovejoy, Blake’s 7, Softly, Softly and Dixon of Dock Green.
S4C’s Welsh language productions picked up an impressive 16 awards, including six for Teludu Apollo’s film adaptation of Caryl Lewis’s Martha, Jac a Sianco. Best Actress and Best Actor went to that film’s two leads, Sharon Morgan and Ifan Huw Dafydd.
Clockwise from top
1. Sean Penn meets the press at BAFTA LA’s Britannia Awards
2. Gavin & Stacey co-creator Ruth Jones was presented the Sian Philips award by Michael Sheen at the BAFTA Cymru Awards
3. Brian Cox with his BAFTA Scotland award for his role in The Escapist
4. The winning team behind Summer, which took the Feature Film prize at the BAFTA Scotland Awards
Credits: Berliner Studios, Wattie Cheung, Huw John