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My husband Tim is in the computer games industry, and since computer games are, yanno, a form of film art, he's joined the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, aka BAFTA. It is, incidentally, a charity; and they give out the British film awards. As a member Tim got tickets, kind of just for fun, to the Scottish BAFTA Awards, which were held last night.

I knew it was going to be black tie, which meant putting Mark in a suit (his first), and digging out one of my long-disused EVENING GOWNS (last worn in 2001, I believe). But I think we clean up rather well.



I'd kind of glanced over the list of nominees without taking any names in and I certainly didn't expect to spot Peter Capaldi (for those of you who don't watch: Dr. Who) straight away. Which just goes to show you how unprepared I really was.



Mark spotted Steve Moffat about 5 minutes later (again, for those of you who don't watch: he's the Dr. Who writer, and writes for a bunch of other BBC shows including Sherlock. Well I wouldn't have recognized Steve Moffat!). At which point Tim mentioned that Peter Capaldi and Sam Heughan were both nominated for Best Television Actor and I was like...

Well, those of you who know me as an Outlander fan can guess what I was like. And then it turned out that Catriona Balfe was nominated for Best Television Actress, and suddenly I was ALL OVER this evening, which I had previously assumed was just going to be fun but that I wouldn't know or recognize anybody because I never go to any movies or watch any television and apparently the Scottish BAFTAs are sort of looked down on for being "provincial." AYE RIGHT.

It turns out - why had I not realized this? - that basically all my favorite actors are Scottish!

And they were ALL THERE - either receiving awards or presenting them or both.


Catriona Balfe & Sam Heughan


same, because they are essentially EYE CANDY #jamie



Catriona Balfe accepting her Best Television Actress award



Peter Capaldi as presenter


Steve Moffat

Moffat was a great presenter, funny and personable, and said a lot of excellent things about how writers don't get enough credit in the visual arts business because WE ARE THE BEST. ;)

OH LOOK WHO TURNED UP NEXT AS A PRESENTER, AS IF ONE #JAMIE WASN'T ENOUGH:


James McAvoy

The funny thing was, neither Tim nor Mark knew who most of these people were (apart from Dr. Who), so every time I had another flip-out over who was up on the stage, they were a bit baffled.

So, you'd have thought I'd have already had a great evening, right? No, look who was ALSO HERE PRESENTING AWARDS. Oh, you don't recognize her? MAYBE YOU'D RECOGNIZE HER VOICE.


Morven Christie #julie

Morven Christie happens to be the Scottish actress who voiced Julie for the audiobook of Code Name Verity.

I'd had absolutely no idea she'd be there and I couldn't have been more excited - if NONE of those other people had been there, meeting Morven Christie would have absolutely made my evening.

So of course after the awards were over I had to go introduce myself. She was lovely and just as excited to meet me as I was to meet her. She told me how much she'd love CNV, how she'd read it in one day the first time, and then when she was reading the audiobook it was like Julie was speaking through her, like she was reading her own words aloud -

And then we both had a huge rant about Brexit and the American election.


Morven Christie & E Wein!

(There was a lot of Brexit-bashing. The most sustained round of applause all evening, indeed, was when one of the awards acceptance speeches included the line, "Up yours, Brexit!")

The full list of awards is here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-37893926

It was an absolutely fabulous event in so many ways. And I am SO INCREDIBLY LUCKY I LIVE IN SCOTLAND.



From: [identity profile] ts davis (from livejournal.com)
Just look at all you posh people.

It amuses me that the MOST celebrities I've met in my life - from Prince Charles to various singers and musicians - have all been in Scotland. Okay, with the exception of meeting Goldie Hawn and Mel Gibson in high school, but I did not honestly know who they were, so that didn't count. (Well, Our Goldie looked familiar, but the man in the fancy car winking at me - well, who was that?)

I LOVE that your narrator was there! That's very cool.

Date: 2016-11-07 07:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sovay
It turns out - why had I not realized this? - that basically all my favorite actors are Scottish!
And they were ALL THERE - either receiving awards or presenting them or both.


That sounds wonderful.

Thank you for the photographic report!

Date: 2016-11-08 01:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eattheolives.livejournal.com
I'm so glad you got pictures! You look fabulous - sparkles are my favorite. :)

Date: 2016-11-08 12:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ashkitty.livejournal.com
That sounds amazing! And why do I not live in Scotland? (I think the answer is something to with Welsh literature and PhDs and whatnot but still. Scotland.)

And that's brilliant, meeting the voice actress who did CNV. How cool for both of you. :)

Morven Christie

Date: 2016-11-08 03:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lauradi7.livejournal.com
MC was one of the stars of the ITV adaptation of the Grantchester novels (apparently not much like the source material). They aired on PBS, so lots of us recognize her.
Thanks for posting all those wonderful photos.

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