The Last King of Scotland

2006

Cast: Forest Whitaker, James McAvoy, Kerry Washington, Gillian Anderson, David Oyelowo, Simon McBurney

Director: Kevin Macdonald

Screenplay by: Peter Morgan & Jeremy Brock – Based on the novel by Giles Foden

Producers: Andrea Calderwood, Lisa Bryer, Charles Steel

Executive Producers: Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich, Tessa Ross

Nicolas Garrigan (James McAvoy) is a fresh-faced Scottish med school grad who swaps the grey miserablism of 1970s Scotland for a sabbatical in Africa. Arriving in Uganda on the day Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker) seizes power, Garrigan’s less interested in political upheaval than bedding as many women as possible. A little later, a chance road crash throws Garrigan into the General Idi Amin’s world. Scot-o-phile Amin is instantly seduced by Garrigan’s Celtic heritage; Garrigan is equally smitten by the General’s animal magnetism. He’s hired as the dictator’s personal physician, despite his inexperience. Thus begins a bizarre love affair between two childishly irresponsible egotists, an on-then-off romance in which Garrigan eventually realizes that he has embraced the heart of darkness.

Awards: 
Academy Awards 2007: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
African-American Film Critics Association 2006: Best Actor
BAFTA Awards 2007: Best British Film, Best Screenplay – AdaptedBest Actor in a Leading Role
BAFTA Awards, Scotland 2007: Best FilmBest ActorBest Screenplay
BET Awards 2007: Best Actor
Black Reel Awards 2007: Best Actor
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards 2006: Best Actor
British Independent Film Awards 2006: Best DirectorBest Technical Achievement
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2007: Best Actor
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2006: Best Actor
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards 2006: Best Actor
Evening Standard British Film Awards 2007: Best Screenplay, Best Technical Achievement
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards 2006: Best Actor
Golden Globes, USA 2007: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture
Hollywood Film Awards 2006: Actor of the Year
Image Awards 2007: Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Iowa Film Critics Awards 2007: Best Actor
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards 2006: Best Actor
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards 2006: Best Actor
London Critics Circle Film Awards 2007: Actor of the Year
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards 2006: Best Actor

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