Best Actor in a Feature Film
Robert Carlyle,The Legend of Barney Thomson. Carlyle is well known to audiences as Rumpelstiltskin in Once Upon a Time. He not only stars in The Legend of Barney Thomson as the titular character, but serves as the film’s director. He is both relatable and wonderfully idiosyncratic in his screen role, and sets a great dark, comedic tone for the film as its director.
David Elliot, Kajaki: The True Story. Elliot gives a remarkable performance in this biopic about Mark Wright, a British Army officer, and a group of soldiers stationed near the Kajaki Dam in Afghanistan.
David Tennant, What We Did On Our Holiday. David Tennant may be best known for his portrayal of the tenth Dr. Who. Here, he stars as a man who reunites with his estranged wife and children for his terminally-ill father’s lavish birthday party.
Best Actress in a Feature Film
Elena Anaya, Swung. Spanish actress Elena Anaya gives a great performance as a young woman with marital problems. Although she is new to English audiences, she is a well-established screen presence in her native Spain.
Elizabeth McGovern, Swung. Elizabeth McGovern, of Downton Abbey fame, is nominated for her role in this indie flick about a young couple who enters the world of swinging in order to solve their marital problems. Although McGovern might be best known to international audiences as Countess Cora, here she gives a completely different performance that is entirely separate from the social norms and customs of Downton’s period world.
Emma Thompson,The Legend of Barney Thomson. Acclaimed British actress Emma Thompson stars as Cemolina, the titular character’s mother, in this dark comedy set in present-day Glasgow. Thompson has spent her career as a chameleon, turning in both dramatic and comedic performances, and here is she delightfully wacky and nuanced as a Glaswegian woman who must help her son avoid arrest for an accidental murder.
Best Feature Film
16 YEARS TILL SUMMER (Loumclou Films/Taskovski Films). This gripping documentary-style film tells the story of a man who returns to his small Scottish hometown after spending 16 years in prison. Here, he nurses his dying father, and attempts to rebuild a life for himself after being away for nearly two decades.
THE LEGEND OF BARNEY THOMSON (John G. Lenic, Brian Coffey, Kaleena Kiff, Robert Carlyle – Sigma Films/Trinity Works Entertainment/Icon Film Distribution). This hilarious crime comedy follows a hapless barber who finds his mundane life changed after he accidentally murders his boss, and must hide his secret from the policeman hot on his trail.
WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAY (Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin, David Thompson, Dan Winch- Origin Pictures/Lionsgate UK). This dramedy follows Doug McLeod and his wife, Abi, as they reunite after an acrimonious split to attend the birthday party of Doug’s dying father. What follows is a road-trip film and family drama that takes a look at the complex, heartbreaking, and realistic dynamics between the members of the family.
Watch the BAFTA Scotland event online on November 15, 2015.