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Scotland joins the world of screen glamour Wind and rain cannot stop the stars coming out in Glasgow

A bit of Hollywood glamour came to Scotland last night as the stars braved the wind and the rain in Glasgow for the Bafta Scotland awards 2004.

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The Scottish film Young Adam swept the board, picking up four awards, including best actor in a Scottish film for Ewan McGregor, and best actress in a Scottish film for Tilda Swinton. It was also awarded the coveted best film prize and David Mackenzie won the best director award. McGregor and Swinton were unable to attend the ceremony. He is working in Los Angeles and she is in New Zealand filming The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Scots actors Brian Cox, Peter Mullen and Billy Boyd, a star of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, were among those at the Radisson Hotel in Glasgow. Jenni Falconer, the TV presenter, Sharleen Spiteri, lead singer of Texas, were there to present awards along with Lorraine Kelly, the GMTV presenter who was hosting the proceedings. Kelly said: ''I think it's a wonderful idea to have an awards ceremony in Scotland and show off the best of Scotland's film industry. I definitely think in future it should be televised. ''We are so creative in Scotland and also you can rake in an awful lot of money and a lot of revenue if we are seen as a place to make films as well as where great films are made. I think it is hugely, hugely important.'' Cox agreed, saying Scotland needed to concentrate on selling films as well as making them. He added: ''We make great films but we do not know how to sell them, and I think that is what is really key now. I think this will help, but we need to have greater awareness, we need to look more towards distribution.'' The awards have previously been a biennial celebration for all in the Scottish film industry, but will now be an annual event. The ceremony was described as a new era for cinema in Scotland, as organisers said the screen industry now has enough quality film to warrant an annual awards ceremony. It is hoped the Baftas will raise the public profile of Scotland's film industry. Boyd who has just recently returned to live in Glasgow said: ''I think Scottish Baftas are great. Scotland should think big and this shows that it is thinking big. ''It also shows that we don't have to go to London to do everything.'' Elaine C Smith, the comedian and actress, said of the awards: ''It's fabulous that the film industry in Scotland is vibrant enough to support these awards and hats off to Bafta for trying to keep it going. ''I'm presenting an award and I'm in the shortlisted film Sixteen Years of Alcohol so it's just great to be part of this. We should honour the people that are doing stuff (making films) up here, but I'd like to see a lot more going on.'' Spiteri added: ''This is great for Scotland. The Scottish film industry is in the international arena and this shows Scotland does compete in it and that's a great thing.'' Jenni Falconer said: ''Scotland has produced loads of amazing films recently and there's loads of great actors and loads of great talent around. The Bafta is such a huge event and it's just so nice that there's Scottish awards. ''It's great that we have enough material here to make it work.'' She added: ''I was really impressed by Young Adam. It was such a gritty real drama.'' The winners Best feature film: Young Adam Best director: David Mackenzie for Young Adam Best actor in a Scottish film: Ewan McGregor for Young Adam Best actress in a Scottish film: Tilda Swinton for Young Adam Outstanding achievement in film: Brian Cox Best feature film screenplay: Sergio Casci for American Cousins Best documentary: Touch the Sound - A Sound Journey with Evelyn Glennie Best animation: The Tree Officer Best short film: Tumshie McFadgen's Bid for Ultimate Bliss UGC audience award: American Cousins Best new work: Six Hours of Daylight Best first-time director: Bernard MacLaverty for Bye Child Best new screenplay: Neil Jack for The Tree Officer Best first-time performance: Paula Sage for Afterlife Best new media-interactive award: Weightless Animals, Ham and Enos TV awards News and current affairs: Frontline Scotland for Security Wars Children's: Claire Mundell for Shoebox Zoo Factual: Chancers Drama: High Times Documentary: David Peat for Gutted Gaelic language: Eorpa Entertainment: Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill for Still Game Special contribution to Scottish broadcasting: John McCormick

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