The world watched in excitement last week as the great and the good in film celebrated the past year, as the 85th Academy Awards took place in Hollywood.
The night proved to be a glittering one for Britain.
Memorable gongs went to Adele for ‘Skyfall’ in the Best Original Song title, and record-breaking three-time Best Actor winner Daniel-Day Lewis, for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln.
There were a number of other awards for Brits too, including one which will resonate throughout Scotland. Facing tough competition from fellow Disney stable-mates ‘Frankenweenie’ and ‘Wreck-It Ralph’, ‘Brave’ took the Best Animated Feature Oscar.
With the film receiving significant funding from Visit Scotland, it will be hoped the award will lead to a boost in visitor numbers in the country. Last summer, First Minister Alex Salmond visited California to promote the film and Scotland as a tourist destination.
The injection of cash will certainly be needed by many firms, with commercial finance in Scotland increasingly taking on new strategies.
Brave tells the tale of family reunion set amongst Celtic mythology in the Scottish Highlands, after a witch had cursed the princess’ mother.
Talking of the real bravery and challenges to make an animated film on such a scale, the film’s co-director Mark Andrews, fully resplendent in a kilt, said:
“Hopefully by the end, you have something really special and in Brave’s case, I think we managed to pull that off.”
Many firms will be hoping that the results of the film’s success will soon reach them in the form of intrigued tourists.