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‘Donkeys’ takes top BAFTA Scotland prize

Mullan picks up awards for director, writer for 'NEDS'

GLASGOW — Morag McKinnon’s “Donkeys” and Peter Mullan’s “NEDS” shared the glory at the BAFTA Scotland awards, with two prizes each.

“Donkeys” won best film and actor for James Cosmo, while Mullan picked up the awards for director and writer.

Robbie Coltrane, the Scottish actor who played Hagrid in the “Harry Potter” franchise, was honored with a special award for Outstanding Contribution to Film.

Carter Ferguson’s Glaswegian rom-com “Fast Romance” was the surprise winner of the Cineworld Audience Award, voted by the public, beating several more widely released titles.

“Donkeys,” co-produced by Glasgow-based Sigma Films with Denmark’s Zentropa, was also an unexpected pick for best film, ahead of Mullan’s higher-profile “NEDS” and David McKenzie’s Ewan McGregor/Eva Green pic “Perfect Sense.” “Donkeys” received only a minimal theatrical release last year.

The ceremony took place Nov. 13 at Glasgow’s Radisson Hotel. It was the first BAFTA Scotland awards for two years, after last year’s event was cancelled because there were too few realistic contenders. BAFTA has now decided to hold the awards every two years.

On the TV side, winners included the BBC series “Case Histories” for best drama, Jayd Johnson from “Field of Blood” for best actor or actress, “Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die” for best single doc, “The Scheme” for best factual series and “Limmy’s Show” for best entertainment program.

It’s a sign of the dominance of the BBC in Scotland that all the TV winners, and all but three of 24 TV nominees, were BBC shows.