Bob Last, producer of Sylvain Chomet’s new animated feature The Illusionist, missed out on an Oscar last night. The film, set in Edinburgh, was perhaps unsuprisingly defeated in the Best Animation category by Toy Story 3.

There is Scottish relevance here, if a little tangential – Bob Last was responsible for establishing the Fast Product label, which put out the first singles by The Human League, Gang of Four, Scars and The Mekons, as well as compilations featuring Joy Division, DAF, Dead Kennedys, and an 11-year-old Adamski (as drummer in The Stupid Babies).
He then set up the Pop Aural label, releasing singles by such acts as The Flowers, Boots For Dancing and The Fire Engines, before moving into film.