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The nation's most celebrated stars, including actors James McAvoy,
Kate Dickie, Alan Cumming and Maureen Beattie have been shortlisted for
Scotland's Cultural Oscars - the inaugural Sunday Herald Culture Award.
Those in the running also include Sam Heughan, who rose to fame as
Jamie Fraser in cult hit Outlander and Rose Leslie, best known for her
roles as Gwen Dawson in Downton Abbey and Ygritte in Game of Thrones.
Liz Lochhead, formerly Scotland’s national poet and novelist Janice
Galloway are finalists in the Author of the Year category while Musical
Group of the Year sees a diverse range of finalists including Scottish
Opera and folk band Shooglenifty.
Visual artist Ellie Harrison, who sparked controversy earlier this
year with her year-long project on the Glasgow effect is also a finalist
along with Scottish Ballet’s principle dancers Sophie Martin and
Christopher Harrison who are nominated in the Best Dance Performer
category. Scottish Ballet has also scooped three of the four nominations
in the Live Performance of the Year category. Celtic Connections and
the Belladrum Festival, held near Inverness are among finalists for the
Cultural Event of the Year award.
The awards, which received 120 entries across 11 categories –
including Best Actor (screen and theatre), Best Musical Artist and Best
Musical Group – feature some of the most prominent people, events and
places in Scotland as well as up and coming artists and groups from
across the country.
Winners will be announced at a lavish ceremony to be held at the
Glasgow venue SWG3 on July 7. An additional Judges Choice award will
also be announced at the award ceremony.
Alan Bissett, award-winning novelist, playwright and judge said: “It
was really enjoyable to be a judge on the inaugural Sunday Herald
Culture Awards. Some massive names were recognised but we’ve also shone a
light on some smaller, less known but exciting up-and-comers.
“Overall, the great breadth and depth of talent in Scotland became
obvious. I suppose it would be odd to wish everyone good luck, given
that I know who’s won, but I do hope everyone has a great night and
feels proud of having been shortlisted in their field. Every nomination
is richly deserved.”
Pauline Miller Judd, Dean of Arts and Creative Industries, at
Edinburgh Napier University, which is sponsoring the Cultural Event of
the Year category, added: “The Sunday Herald Culture Awards is the
perfect platform to reward those truly remarkable Scottish events that
bring people together from home and abroad.”
Adam Cameron, business manager of Cameron Presentations, sponsoring
the Best Performing Arts Venue award for which Glasgow’s Glad Café,
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Tron Theatre and Banchory’s Woodend
Barn are nominated, said: “The venue category attracted a high calibre
of entries, showcasing the fantastic spaces for Scottish culture to come
to life. We wish all nominees the very best of luck.”
Peter Griffiths, marketing manager of CalMac, sponsoring the Best Live
Performance Category, added: “Considering the very high quality of live
cultural events and performances in Scotland every year, making it into
the last four is noteworthy and a significant achievement.
“Clearly we are going to have a night to remember at the awards and we
will be thrilled to be there alongside such a diverse gathering of the
cream of Scotland’s cultural scene.”
Sunday Herald editor Neil Mackay, an author and chairman of the
judging panel, said: “The Sunday Herald has championed the Scottish arts
since we launched in 1999. It is a delight now to be able to launch
these inaugural awards to recognise and celebrate the incredible
homegrown talent that this nation of ours offers to the world. I'm
grateful to everyone who has helped so far in establishing these awards,
and look forward to unveiling the winners from such a brilliant
shortlist and showcasing their amazing work once again. I'm also looking
forward to what I think will be a great after party.”
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12:24 PM PDT 6/28/2016 by Scott Roxborough
When it comes to Brexit, the biggest danger for the entertainment industry is, as former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld might have put it, the known unknowns.
On June 23, a majority of British voters decided to leave the European Union, but politicians, analysts and the world's stock markets are still scrambling to figure out what happens next.
For the entertainment industry, Brexit could potentially impact everything from where companies set up shop to what movies and TV series get made to even who gets cast in them. But, at the moment, all that is certain is uncertainty.
“In the short term, the main negative effect may be psychological, just the idea in people's heads that everything could change could put a hold on business and investment decisions,” said Bertrand Moullier, an independent industry analyst with London-based Narval Media. “That psychological effect [in the entertainment industry] reflects what we are seeing now in the stock exchanges and currency markets.”
The biz, in the U.K. and across Europe, should probably get used to not knowing, because the full impact of Brexit won't be clear for years. Technically, Britain has voted to leave the EU but hasn't yet officially pulled the trigger — that will happen only when a British Prime Minister activates something called Article 50, a clause in a EU treaty that governs a member state's exit from the group. Only after Article 50 has been invoked will the EU and the U.K. begin official Brexit negotiations. They, in turn, will take at least 2 years.
But we don't even know who the British Prime Minister will be — current PM David Cameron resigned immediately after the Brexit vote — let alone when he, or she, will trigger Article 50 or what sort of deal they will try and work out with the EU.
Given the caveat that nothing is certain and all is conjecture, here's our best guess as to who in the industry best stands to benefit and who has the most to lose from Brexit.
The shock of the Brexit vote triggered a worldwide sell-off of entertainment stocks, even if the true impact is unclear (and for many companies could be minimal). The big seven media conglomerates (Disney, 21st Century Fox, Viacom, Sony, CBS, Time Warner and Comcast) together lost $20 billion in value last Friday after the Brexit results were known. Everyone was hit, from online streaming giant Netflix to European pay-TV group Sky, from Lionsgate to News Corp to companies such as Germany's ProSiebenSat.1 and Italy's Mediaset.
Hardest hit have been British firms. Shares in U.K. TV powerhouse ITV tanked, falling 20 percent on Friday and a further 9 percent on Monday. British billionaire Richard Branson told British breakfast TV on Tuesday that his companies, which include home broadband and TV provider Virgin Media, have had around a third of their value wiped out since the Brexit vote.
Under the current system, British-based producers arguably have the best of both worlds. They benefit from an industry-friendly, lightly regulated national government that encourages production via schemes like the 25 percent uncapped tax credit and, as EU members, they qualify both for EU production subsidies and also come under quota laws which require European television channels to buy a certain percentage of their films and TV series from EU producers.
“The U.K. has the most successful content sector in Europe but that means they are more beholden on export,” says Ted Shapiro, partner and head of the Brussels office at Wiggin, a U.K. law firm specializing in intellectual property law. “They rely heavily on Europe not only for funding but also for revenue. Post Brexit, everything becomes more complicated.”
Outside the EU, British producers might find their access to European markets blocked or restricted. Even if the U.K. and its producers retain access to the EU common market, a post-Brexit British government will have no say in how EU law is set, meaning U.K. producers will have zero lobbying power.
The general jitters that have gripped the industry since last week's vote will likely intensify a trend already seen in the international film markets: a move away from anything that smells of experiment or risk. A film like sleeper hit The Lobster, a European co-production with major British investment, will be even harder to package.
“It's a cliché, but movies are a risky business and the more risk, the more uncertainty you have, the more people will look for safe havens,” says Shapiro, noting that Brexit negotiations will mean years of uncertainty for the industry. “We're not talking about six months here, we're talking two years or more. It could hurt investment.”
Short-term, the majors may take a beating on the stock market, but in the long run, “they are best equipped to adapt whatever happens,” says Shapiro. Most analysts think the U.K. tax credit, one of the main reasons the studios shoot in Britain, will remain largely intact post-Brexit. Even if it doesn't, there are plenty of countries across Europe only too happy to accommodate the next Avengers or Star Wars movie with a fat tax incentive and a high tech backlot.
Depending on the outcome of Brexit negotiations, British talent — actors and directors but also writers and tech personal — could face restrictions on where they work and travel, from something as benign as passport checks at the border to a more prohibitive system of visa and work permits. It won't mean James McAvoy or Benedict Cumberbatch won't get work in Europe, but having an EU member passport (Hello Michael Fassbender!) could become a significant advantage.
“The first thing I'm doing is applying for my Irish citizenship,” Michael Ryan, chairman of the Independent Film & Television Alliance, said only half-jokingly following the Brexit vote.
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James has won "Best Actor" (for screen) at the 2016 Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards
Tweet from: HeraldEvents @HeraldEvents · 3h3 hours ago
The winner of Best Actor (screen) award..is... James McAvoy! Congrats! #CultureAwards16 @newsundayherald #scottishactor
(Apparently, there is a clip but the link they posted (@newsundayherald) sends you their twitter page and there wasn't a clip anywhere on it that I could see. Maybe it's in their website.. Here's their tweet about it):
HeraldEvents @HeraldEvents 3h3 hours ago
Sad that James McAvoy can't be with us... but he filmed a lovely short clip! @newsundayherald #CultureAwards16
Jul 8 16 10:26 AM
James McAvoy may be known to millions of fans as Professor X in the hit series of X-Men films...
But before Hollywood beckoned, he too appeared in panto in Kirkcaldy. Oh yes he did!
He took to the stage of the Adam Smith
Theatre barely a few hundred yards from where fellow Scots acting stars,
Ewan McGregor and Shirley Henderson, studied at Fife College.
They’d long since graduated when he arrived for curtain up in December 1999.
McAvoy was cast as Bobby Buckfast – a very
different role from previous stage appearances in Romeo and Juliet, and
West Side Story – and he didn’t need his X-Men powers either to wow the
According to the Fife Free Press review, he and his co-stars had “adults and children alike hooting with delight”.
And the audience “was quick to respond to their antics as they tried to trip up evil sorceress Sadista with their exploits”.
McAvoy and the cast took their final bows in early January as the curtain fell on another festive hit.
Interestingly, it was his one and only foray
into the world of panto as he turned his attentions to Shakespeare and
theatre before making his big breakthrough in Channel4’s ground-breaking
Then it was on to the
big screen where he won plaudits for his performances in The Last King
Of Scotland and Atonement before going global with the X-Men franchise
global with the X-Men franchise in 2010.
McAvoy is arguably the biggest name to have
stepped into the spotlight during panto season at the Adam Smith - but
he’s not the only one.
Over the years the theatre has welcomed some familiar faces.
Stalwarts such as Alastair McDonald ad Jimmy
Logan have appeared along with up and coming names such as a fresh faced
Joe Pasquale, the Chuckle Brothers – who then performed under the name
of the Harman Brothers in 1983 – and assorted soap stars from High Road
and River City.
>> The 2016 panto, Cinderella, launches on December 10. Ticket details from the box office on (01592) 583302
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Thanks for sharing that link, Jxhide! :ok
A 19-20 minute YouTube video that includes his speech has also been posted in the "Award Shows 2015" thread here:
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