Hot 100 2012: 10-2

John Tiffany, Andy Murray and Luke Fowler among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2012

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2012, you'll find them here.

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10 John Tiffany

10 John Tiffany

Toast of Broadway
The National Theatre of Scotland’s associate director continued to reveal his theatrical Midas touch, winning a Tony award for the Broadway musical, Once. Closer to home, Tiffany co-directed Enquirer, which probed the current perilous state of the British print media, and also directed his friend and regular collaborator Alan Cumming in an inspired one-man Macbeth. (AR / Photo: Tony Rinaldo)

9 David Byrne

9 David Byrne

Talking Head keeps making sense
Triggering rumours he might just have found an eighth day in the week, the ever-busy, Dumbarton-born polymath published his illuminating tome How Music Works and delivered a talk about it at the GFT. He also designed bike racks for the Brooklyn Academy of Music and released a bright, brass-band inflected pop album, Love This Giant, with St Vincent. (CS / Photo: Catalina Kulczar-Marin)

8 Summerhall

8 Summerhall

Summerhall shifted up a gear with a busy schedule of gigs, events, markets and exhibitions, not to mention a thrilling August theatre line-up. Highlights included Song of the Goat’s sublime Songs of Lear and poet Ryan Van Winkle’s Red Like Our Room Used to Feel. Programme director Rupert Thomson and his team even found space to host the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival and the Scottish Independent Music Fair. (AR)

7 Alan Cumming

7 Alan Cumming

Multiple personality
OK, so we all know about Alan Cumming the writer, purveyor of perfumed products and Hollywood celebrity. But it was Alan Cumming the actor who really won our hearts in 2012. The Aberfeldy-born thesp scored a huge success as campaign manager Eli Gold in the acclaimed US drama The Good Wife for which he has received Emmy nominations. The star also continued to demonstrate a commitment to his home nation, returning in June to present the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland, and achieving a huge personal success in the National Theatre of Scotland’s radical production of Macbeth. (AR / Photo: Kevin Tachman)

6 Luke Fowler

6 Luke Fowler

Turner-troubling artist
We at The List have been singing Luke Fowler’s praises for years, but in 2012 the Glasgow-based artist and filmmaker’s career shifted into a higher league with a Turner Prize nomination for All Divided Selves. This final film in his trilogy based on the life and ideas of legendary Scots psychiatrist RD Laing received its first UK exhibition screening at Edinburgh’s Inverleith House. Though the top prize eventually went to video artist Elizabeth Price, the nomination will undoubtedly raise international awareness of Fowler’s eclectic practice, which was also seen as part of Theatre Cryptic’s audio-art festival, Sonica. (AR)

5 Django Django

5 Django Django

Band on the rise
Now reaching 100,000 albums sold, their self-titled debut was nominated for a Mercury and voted one of the best albums of the year by the Guardian and NME. Labelled ‘Best New Act’ by Q, they played more than 120 concerts around the world, including a high-energy, safari-shirted set for The List when we invited them to headline RBS Museum Lates. They’re finishing 2012 on a high too, after being confirmed as headliners for the NME Awards Tour 2013. All hail the space-bop of Django Django. (CS)

4 Emeli Sandé

4 Emeli Sandé

Musical Olympian
On a late evening in July, performing ‘Abide with Me’ to a worldwide audience at the Olympics opening ceremony, was when Aberdeen’s Emeli Sandé finally came into her own as an artist of international standing. Yet she was well on her way to substantial fame before that, with the number one album Our Version of Events giving way to three more singles (two of them top three) and wins at the Brit, Q and Mobo awards, followed by a return to Olympics duty at the closing ceremony. (DP)

3 Kelly Macdonald

3 Kelly Macdonald

Pixar Princess
If there was one Scottish character who ruled the screen this year, it was feisty Princess Merida, the star of Pixar’s Highland-set fairytale Brave. Kelly Macdonald was the voice behind the character and is also credited with helping add some authenticity to the script by throwing in a few Scottish colloquialisms (including ‘manky’, ‘numpty’ and ‘Jings, Crivvens, Help Ma Boab!’). Her lofty position this year is further confirmed by her performance as Margaret in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. (GT)

2 Andy Murray

2 Andy Murray

Leading racketeer
In less than a year, Andy Murray has become an unstoppable tennis giant. Even losing in the Wimbledon final had its upsides: his tearful defeat speech revealed a previously unseen sensitivity. And from then on we were with him every step of the way, from the moment he clinched the Olympics gold to the night he beat Djokovic in the US Open final. This was the year that Murray made Scotland a world class tennis nation for the first time. (CR)

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