David Knight - 15th Oct 2008

The spectacular seven and a half minute video for Bjork's Wanderlust, directed by the American directing team Encyclopedia Pictura, has won the Video Of The Year award at the inaugural UK Music Video Awards, held last night at the Odeon West End in London's Leicester Square.

Partizan's Grace Bodie won the Best Producer award in what was a good night for her company, who also represent Nourizadeh. Partizan, with the biggest number of nominations going into the MVAs, were behind five winners on the night.

Hosted by Adam Buxton, the UK Music Video Awards gave twenty awards for the greatest achievements in music videos in Britain and beyond over the fifteen months. And Buxton began the show with a hilarious video of his own: a speech by George W Bush about the financial crisis in music videos, where he appoints a new Treasury head - rapper 50 Cent. The awards that followed included prizes for technical achievement, as well as the best videos in various music genres, and for individual achievement, including the Icon Award.

The Wanderlust video, created by Isaiah Saxon and Sean Hellfrisch (aka Encyclopedia Pictura) to be shown in full 3D, won Best Art Direction in a Video and Best Indie/Alternative Video before taking the final prize of the night, Video Of The Year, for which Northern California-based Saxon and Hellfrisch sent an acceptance speech via video - of themselves sitting in a giant tree.

Other Best Video winners were Kate Nash's Foundations, directed by Kinga Burza, which won Best Pop Video. Supergrass's Bad Blood, directed by Keith Schofield, won the Best Rock Video award - and he also sent a video message to the MVA audience.

The recent video for Kano's Hustler directed by Nez, won the Best Urban Video category, and Eran Creevy's video for Utah Saints' Something Good '08, was the winner of the Best Dance Video award. Example's Me And Mandy, directed by Henry Scholfield won the prize for Best Budget Video, for video produced on a budget of 2,000GBP or less.

Leona Lewis's Bleeding Love won the People's Choice Award voted via the website of top London radio station 95.8 Capital FM, in a poll of the most popular UK videos of the past year.

Adrian Seery, from the post production house Rushes, won the Best Telecine prize for his grading work on KT Tunstall's If Only. Stylists Hannah Glossop and Suzie Coulthard were recognized for their work on The Hoosiers' Victorian extravaganza for Cops & Robbers. Tim Nash of Atlantic Records scooped the Best Commissioner award in one of the most warmly acclaimed wins on the night.

It was often an evening of high emotion, none more so when the prize-giving was paused to screen a film celebrating the work of Tim Royes, Barney Jeffrey and Nagi Noda, who have all passed away in the past year or so. With the death of Gideon Baws at the weekend also deeply affecting many people in the audience, the film received a standing ovation.

The other time people were on their feet was to acclaim Jonathan Glazer, who after his film of his parents talking about his music videos was shown, and he received his Icon award from James Lavelle, made an impassioned cri de coeur for record companies to allow creativity in music videos to flourish.

"To the money men and the marketing men - just keep your hands off the work."

The winners at the 2008 UK MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS, hosted by Adam Buxton at the Odeon West End, Leicester Square, London on October 14th 2008, are as follows:

Best Art Direction in a Video

Best Cinematography in a Video

Best Editing in a Video

Best Styling in a Video

Best Telecine in a Video

Best Visual Effects in a Video in association with BEAM.TV

Best International Video

The People's Choice Award in association with 95.8 Capital FM

Best Pop Video

Best Rock Video

Best Indie/Alternative Video

Best Dance Video

Best Urban Video

Best Budget Video

Video of the Year

Best Video Commissioner

Tim Nash (Atlantic)

Best Producer in association with Rushes

Grace Bodie (Partizan)

James Copeman (Black Dog)

Nima Nourizadeh (Partizan)

The Icon Award

Jonathan Glazer (Academy Films)

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David Knight - 15th Oct 2008

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