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And the winner is ... no surprise as Myles is only one nominated

1 November 2007   |   Written by Stewart Paterson

There will be no holding of breath as the gold envelope is opened or feigning surprise when her name is read out as the winner.

Sophia Myles can safely begin work on her acceptance speech, as she is the sole nomination and therefore winner of the Bafta Scotland Best Actress title for 2007.

Her performance in Hallam Foe was one of only two entered for the category and the only one the jury decided deserved a nomination.

Alison Forsyth, director of Bafta Scotland, bemoaned the scarcity of strong roles for women and said the shortage this year should act as a wake-up call to the industry.

She said: “Somebody should be writing a lot more parts for women.

“Bafta is an open door. We say come and enter and be judged. Does it reflect on the industry? You could say that, but you can’t legislate for art. It has always been the cry of women in arts and culture to say more good parts for women’.”

Angela Coates was entered, for her part in the low-budget film My Life as a Bus Stop, but was not nominated by the judging panel.

Ms Forsyth explained anyone can be entered but the Bafta panel, of around 60 judges, only nominate those deemed worthy of the award.

There has never been only one nominee for a major film category before, though three years ago there was only one nomination for Best Documentary in Television, David Peat’s Gutted, about the fishing industry.

The Last King of Scotland, Hallam Foe and Seachd – The Inaccessible Pinnacle dominated the film categories. Hallam Foe earned four nominations with The Last King of Scotland and Seachd – The Inaccessible Pinnacle, gaining three apiece. Jamie Bell and James McAvoy are battling it out for Best Actor with Aonghas Padraig Caimbeul.

In the television awards Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill’s company Effingee Productions is in line for six awards, including Still Game nominated for Best Comedy, plus Sajeev Kholi as Navid and Jane McCarry as Isa, nominated for best TV actor and actress respectively. New comedy Dear Green Place is also nominated for Effingee as are Hemphill and Kiernan as best writers and Still Game for Popular Programme.

Television presenter Lorraine Kelly, who has appeared in River City and Still Game, will host the awards ceremony on November 18 at Glasgow City Halls.

She said the single nomination for the Best Actress title was wake-up call.

“When you look at the roles for men it is really impressive, we need to make sure there’s similar roles for women.

“Television is really healthy, especially factual and comedy. It would be nice if we had more in the Best Actress category next year.”