British Academy Scotland Awards 2020: Nominations announced

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts in Scotland (BAFTA Scotland) has today announced the nominations for the British Academy Scotland Awards in 2020, honouring the very best talent in film, games and television produced in Scotland over the last year.

The highlights from today’s BAFTA Scotland nominations include:

  • Five nominations for Guilt (plus nomination in Audience Award)
  • Four nominations for Elizabeth is Missing
  • First time nominees include Lois Chimimba (Group) Mirren Mack (The Nest) Jamie Sives (Guilt)
  • Black and Scottish, Guilt, Murder Trial: The Disappearance of Margaret Fleming, The Nest, Outlander and River City are nominated for the new Audience Award, the only award voted for by the public, in partnership with Screen Scotland

The Awards, which include two Outstanding Contribution Awards and the new Audience Award, will be presented at the digital ceremony on Tuesday 8 December. Edith Bowman will host a socially distant, closed-studio show alongside Sanjeev Kohli and other guest presenters. The ceremony will be live streamed from 7pm on BAFTA’s Facebook and YouTube channels and followed by a highlights show on BBC Scotland at 10pm.

Audience Award

This year, BAFTA Scotland is delighted to announce a new Audience Award, in partnership with Screen Scotland. The award will give the public the opportunity to vote for their favourite TV programme of the past year. The Audience Award nominations are: Black and Scottish, Guilt, Murder Trial: The Disappearance of Margaret Fleming, The Nest, Outlander and River City.

Members of the public can cast their vote from 10pm on 21 October until 5pm on 18 November on the BAFTA Scotland website (

Jude MacLaverty, Director of BAFTA Scotland, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be announcing our British Academy Scotland Award nominations, which highlight the phenomenal level of talent and creativity in the film, game and television industries within Scotland.

"We are also thrilled to welcome EE back as the Official Network Partner to the Awards this year and to be working in partnership with Screen Scotland on a brand new Audience Award. During these challenging times, TV has both entertained and informed the public, and it seems only fitting that the viewing public is given the chance to have their say. Although our Awards format is different this year, our passion for and commitment to recognising talent and celebrating achievement remains, and we are really looking forward to celebrating all of our nominees on 8 December.”

Edith Bowman, returning host of the ceremony, said: “I am very excited to be returning to host the British Academy Scotland Awards, albeit for a slightly different show this year. Now, more than ever, it is vital that we celebrate and recognise the achievements of the country’s film, games and television industries, reminding everyone of the importance and enjoyment of the arts. This year’s list of nominees highlight yet again the wealth of creative talent and craft that exists in Scotland. I can’t wait to announce this year's winners on 8 December.”


ACTOR TELEVISION sponsored by Audi UK
Mark Bonnar - Guilt
Ncuti Gatwa - Sex Education
Jamie Sives - Guilt

Lois Chimimba - Group
Glenda Jackson - Elizabeth is Missing
Mirren Mack - The Nest

Stewart Kyasimire - Black and Scottish
John MacLaverty - The Battle of Skye Bridge
Matt Pinder - Murder Trial: The Disappearance of Margaret Fleming

DIRECTOR - FICTION sponsored by Champagne Taittinger
Robert McKillop - Guilt
Lynsey Miller - Deadwater Fell
Aisling Walsh - Elizabeth is Missing

Scot Squad: The Chief's Election Interviews - Jack Docherty, Joe Hullait, Iain Davidson, Marie McDonald - The Comedy Unit/BBC Scotland
Selling Scotland - Jack Docherty, Mark Downie, Liam McArdle, Julyan Sinclair - IWC Media/BBC Scotland
Test Drive - Derek McLean, Daniel Nettleton, Lynsey Wylie, Katy Smith – Bandicoot Scotland/BBC Scotland

Darren McGarvey's Scotland - Harry Bell, Stephen Bennett, Darren McGarvey, Ceara East - Tern Television/BBC Scotland
Frankie Boyle's Tour of Scotland - Mick McAvoy, Nicky Waltham, Graeme Hart, Frankie Boyle - Two Rivers Media/BBC Two
Murder Trial: The Disappearance of Margaret Fleming - Matt Pinder, Audrey McColligan, Iain Scollay, Lorraine McKechnie – Firecrest Films/BBC Scotland

A Country Life for Half the Price - Kate Humble, Andrew Jackson, Louise Scrivens, Iain Robson – Raise the Roof Productions/Channel 5
Location, Location, Location - Production Team - IWC Media/Channel 4
Scotland's Home of the Year - Production Team – IWC Media/BBC Scotland

Autonauts - Aaron Puzey, Gary Penn - Denki
Cloudpunk - Marko Dieckmann, Thomas Welsh, Rebecca Roe, Roman Agapov - Ion Lands
Dead End Job - Production Team - Ant Workshop

BAFTA Scotland has been championing the country’s film, games and television industries since 1989, celebrating and rewarding excellence through its annual British Academy Scotland Awards. BAFTA Scotland is at the core of Scotland’s screen industries, regularly engaging its members and the wider industry while reaching out to the public via a comprehensive range of screenings, educational events and masterclasses, including the annual Guru Live Glasgow event, an opportunity for the public and emerging talent to be inspired by a series of masterclasses and panels with industry professionals. For more, visit

Header Image: Ncuti Gatwa as Eric Effiong in Sex Education