AN adaptation of a beloved Scottish novel has been celebrated at the Bafta Awards, coming home with a host of top prizes. 

Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos’s film Poor Things – which sparked controversy in Scotland due to the decision not to set the movie in Glasgow like the novel – was victorious in five categories at Sunday night’s Baftas.

Emma Stone was awarded the leading actress award for her role as Bella Baxter, beating Margot Robbie’s performance as Barbie in the summer blockbuster.

Stone said the win was “doubly meaningful” as Poor Things is the first film in which she worked as both a producer and actor.

The 35-year-old said: “You put a lot of your heart and soul into making a film.

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“A lot of people are away from their families for months at a time and you bond with this group of people.

“And the excitement of it being received, or seen, or loved, by people is immensely meaningful and you don’t know if that’s going to happen or not.

“If it’s gonna resonate with people the way that it does with you.

“And also to be a producer on this film.

“This was the first film that I’ve produced alongside acting and so it feels doubly meaningful, both in front of (the camera) and behind, it was incredible to be a part of.

“I think for a lot of films that brings people into theatres to see it, it brings more attention to the film.

The National: Cillian Murphy picked up the best actor award for his performance as Robert OppenheimerCillian Murphy picked up the best actor award for his performance as Robert Oppenheimer (Image: Ian West)

“And you know, I think there are a lot of people who deserve awards that never get awards, which also creates a conversation about why, and hopefully culture changes.”

Poor Things also won gongs for production design, make-up and hair, costume design and special visual effects.

It was the second most decorated film of the night, beaten only by Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer.

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Cillian Murphy won in the leading actor category for his performance as the titular character while Robert Downey Jr came home with the best supporting actor prize.

Nolan also received the award for best director while the best supporting actress Bafta went to Da’Vine Joy Randolph for her performance in The Holdovers.

Oppenheimer was also crowned best film, finishing off a successful evening for Nolan and what Murphy said were his “Oppenhomies”.

In total, Oppenheimer received seven wins followed closely by Poor Things on five.

Earlier in the night veteran filmmaker Ken Loach and his long-standing screenwriter Paul Laverty posed on the red carpet with a sign calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.