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UK Music Video Awards 2014: Hiro Murai wins Best Director, DANIELS take Video Of The Year, Joseph Kahn accepts Icon Award

UK Music Video Awards 2014: Hiro Murai wins Best Director, DANIELS take Video Of The Year, Joseph Kahn accepts Icon Award

Promo News - 11th Nov 2014

American director Hiro Murai (above) picked up the Best Director award at the UK Music Video Awards 2014 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London last night (November 10th), directing duo DANIELS accepted the Video Of The Year award for DJ Snake's Turn Down For What with a hilarious 'thanks for this award' video, and a stunned Joseph Kahn accepted the MVAs' annual Icon Award, at the seventh running of the annual ceremony celebrating the most creative work and greatest achievements in music video of the past year. 

On a night of thrills and emotion, hosted once again by comedian Adam Buxton, Amber Millington from Agile Films took the Best Producer prize, French directing duo Truman & Cooper won Best New Director, Caroline Clayton won the Best Commissioner award, FKA Twigs was the winner of the MVAs' first ever Video Artist Award, and Sony Music was the label with most wins, with five of their videos winning honours. 

The Daniel Wolfe-directed video for Paolo Nutini's Iron Sky won two awards, for Best Pop Video UK - accepted by the video's producer Lee Groombridge, commissioner Dan Curwin, and Somesuch's Tim Nash and Tash Tan – and Best Cinematography In A Video - accepted by the video's DoP Robbie Ryan. 

Canadian director Emily Kai Bock collected the MVA for Best Alternative Video - International for her video for Arcade Fire's After Life, and then gave an impromptu speech, and gained a rapturous reception from the audience, arguing that music videos should be seen more widely at their best - on the big screen.

Émile Sornin collected the award for video for Best Dance UK for Disclosure's Grab Her, with Helmi, another director at Paris production company Division, accepting the Best Urban Budget video for his video for Bonnie Banane.  

Dan Sherwin was the popular winner of the coveted Best Editing In A Video award - the second time he's won the prize – for his work on the Tom Haines-directed video for Jon Hopkins' Collider, Supple Nam was the similarly popular winner of the Best Choreography award for his work on the Ninian Doff-directed video for Peace's Money, and the team at Electric Theatre Collective won the Best VFX prize for Alt-J's Hunger Of The Pines. George K at MPC won the Best Colour Grade in a Video award for Paloma Faith's Can't Rely On You.

Director Rémy Cayuela and Virgin EMI commissioner James Hackett accepted the single public-voted award on the night, the Vevo Must See Award, for the video for Wilkinson's Afterglow. 

There were messages of thanks from Sia (with back to camera) and Daniel Askill, co-directors of the video for Sia's Chandelier, which won Best Pop Video - International, and Damien Kulash Jr from OK Go, whose video for Writing's On The Wall won Best Art Direction & Design In A Video. Sam Pilling, the first British director to win an award at the MVAs for a video in an international category, also send a message on winning Best Urban International for J Cole's She Knows.

FKA Twigs also sent a message on winning the first Best Video Artist Award at the MVAs. Her video for Papi Pacify, co-directed by herself and Tom Beard, won Best Alternative Video Budget. 

And Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue joined colleagues, friends and family to send messages of congratulations to Joseph Kahn, the recipient of the Icon Award at the UKMVAs14, in a video that celebrated his achievements in a twenty year career as a music video director.

Joseph had begun the day as the keynote speaker at the first MusicVidFest conference at the BFI Southbank, and discovered that his new video for Taylor Swift had been leaked onto the internet one day earliery than its planned release. But the Icon Award honour came as a complete surprise to the director of videos for Eminem, Britney Spears, Wu-Tang Clan, Muse, Chemical Brothers and many more.

Vania Heymann was another director who travelled across the Atlantic to pick up an award - the New York-based Israeli director won Best Interactive Video for Bob Dylan's Like A Rolling Stone. Other winners included Nicos Livesey and Tom Bunker, directors of the embroidered animation video for Throne's Tharsis Sleeps, that won Best Rock/Indie UK, Andrew Thomas Huang winning Best Alternative UK for Atoms For Peace's Before Your Very Eyes and Craig Moore winning Best Dance Budget for Friend Within's Renegade.  

But on a night when the music video production community from London were joined by a boisterous contingent of music video makers from Paris, directors and producers from the US and Scandinavia, and provided an electric atmosphere in the auditorium all night long, arguably the highlight of the evening was the video message sent to the MVAs by LA-based directing duo DANIELS - Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert - on winning the Video of the Year award.

They recreated the chaotic, destructive elements of their video for DJ Snake & Lil Jon's Turn Down For What in their acceptance video - but with an added British flavour, with Daniel Scheinert doing particular damage to a packet of McVities Digestive biscuits.

And an evening where the lighthearted but celebratory tone was set from the start with a hilarous opening routine by host Adam Buxton, finished with Hiro Murai, already a winner of the Best Rock Indie Video International for Queens Of The Stone Age's Smooth Sailing, winning the award for Best Director for his exceptional body of work over the past year.

A special programme focusing on the night's winners and nominees will be broadcast on 4Music during the week of November 22.


Best Pop Video – UK in association with Rushes

Paolo Nutini - Iron Sky
Director: Daniel Wolfe
Producer: Lee Groombridge
Prod co: Somesuch
Commissioner: Dan Curwin for Atlantic

Best Dance Video – UK

Disclosure - Grab Her
Director: Emile Sornin
Producer: Jules de Chateleux
Prod co: DIVISION Paris
Commissioner: John Moule for Island Records

Best Rock/Indie Video – UK in association with Finish

Throne - Tharsis Sleeps
Director: Nicos Livesey / Tom Bunker
Producer: Posy Dixon
Prod co: Lucky Features
Commissioner: Channel 4 Random Acts

Best Alternative Video – UK in association with Smoke & Mirrors

Atoms For Peace - Before Your Very Eyes
Director: Andrew Thomas Huang
Exec Producers: Tamsin Glasson / Nathan James Tettey
Prod co: Colonel Blimp / Blinkink
Commissioner: Phil Lee for XL Records

Best Urban Video – UK

Last Night In Paris - Pure
Director: Karim Huu Do
Producer: Katie Dolan
Exec Producers: Katie Dolan / Sorcha Shepherd / Louise Gagen
Prod co: Caviar
Commissioner: Last Night In Paris

Best Pop Video – International

Sia – Chandelier
Director:  SIA / Daniel Askill
Producer: Jack Hogan
Prod co: Radical Media
Commissioner: Camille Yorrick for RCA Records / Sony Music Ent

Best Dance Video – International

DJ Snake ft Lil Jon - Turn Down For What
Director:  DANIELS
Producer: Judy Craig / Jonathan Wang
Exec Producer: Candice Ouaknine
Prod co: Prettybird
Commissioner: Bryan Younce for Columbia Records

Best Rock/Indie Video – International

Queens of the Stone Age - Smooth Sailing
Director: Hiro Murai
Producer: Jason Colon
Exec Producer: Danielle Hinde
Prod co: Doomsday Entertainment
Commissioner: Gabe Spierer for Matador

Best Alternative Video – International

Arcade Fire - After Life
Director: Emily Kai Bock
Producer: Anne Johnson
Exec Producer: Kathleen Heffernan
Prod co: Iconoclast
Commissioner: Genneah Turner for Mercury / Merge

Best Urban Video – International

J Cole ft Amber Coffman - She Knows
Director: Sam Pilling
Producer: Sarah Park
Exec Producer: Laura Tunstall
Prod co: Pulse Films
Commissioner: Chaka Pilgrim for Roc Nation

Best Pop Video – Budget

The Correspondents - Fear and Delight
Director: Naren Wilks
Producer: Naren Wilks
Commissioner: The Correspondents

Best Dance Video – Budget

Friend Within - The Renegade
Director: Craig Moore
Producer: Liam Johnson
Exec Producer: Sophie Brooks
Prod co: Familia / robot
Commissioner: Caroline Clayton for Ministry of Sound

Best Rock/Indie Video – Budget

Kid Wise – Hope
Director: Truman & Cooper
Producer: Anthony & Johnathan
Prod co: Chey Eddy / Colonel Blimp
Commissioner: Kid Wise

Best Alternative Video – Budget

FKA twigs - Papi Pacify
Director: FKA twigs / Tom Beard
Producer: Cherise Payne
Prod co: Cherise Payne
Commissioner: FKA twigs

Best Urban Video – Budget

Bonnie Banane - Champs-Elysees
Director: Helmi
Producer: Clémence Cuvelier
Prod co: DIVISION, Paris
Commissioner: Jules Cuvelier for Weird Data Music

Best Art Direction & Design in a Video in association with Creative Commission

OK Go - The Writing's On The Wall
Art Director:  Ethan Tobman
Director: Aaron Duffy, Damian Kulash, Jr. Bob Partington
Producer: Garrett Fennelly
Exec Producers: Cheri Anderson / Sam Penfield
Prod co: 1st Ave Machine / Warm & Fuzzy
Record company: Paracadute

Best Styling in a Video in association with i-D

Brooke Candy – Opulence
Stylist: Nicola Formichetti
Director:  Steven Klein
Producer: Colin Lewis
Exec Producer: Coleen Haynes
Prod co: Black Dog Films
Record company: RCA

Best Choreography in a Video

Peace – Money
Choreographer: Supple Nam
Director: Ninian Doff
Producer: Rik Green / Ore Okonedo
Exec Producer:  Zak Razvi
Prod co: Pulse Films
Record company:  Sony Music

Best Cinematography in a Video in association with Panalux

Paolo Nutini - Iron Sky
DOP: Robbie Ryan
Director: Daniel Wolfe
Producer: Lee Groombridge
Prod co: Somesuch
Record company: Atlantic Records

Best Colour Grade in a Video

Paloma Faith - Can't Rely On You
Colourist: George K @ MPC
Director: Paul Gore
Producer: Denna Cartamkhoob 
Exec Producer: Tim Nash / Tash Tan                       
Prod co: Somesuch
Record company: Sony Music

Best Animation in a Video

James – Moving On
Animator: Ainslie Henderson / Michael Huges
Director: Ainslie Henderson
Producer: Ainslie Henderson
Prod co: White Robot
Record company: BMG Chrysalis / Cooking Vinyl

Best Editing in a Video

Jon Hopkins – Collider
Editor: Dan Sherwen @ Final Cut
Director: Tom Haines
Producer: Connor Hollman
Exec Producer: Dom Gomez
Prod co: Rogue Films
Record company: Domino Records

Best Visual Effects in a Video

Alt-J - Hunger Of The Pine
VFX Artist: Adam Watson / Richard C Thomas / Annie Rowland / Bernardo Varela / Micheal Walton @ Electric Theatre Collective
Director: Nabil
Producer: Claire Oxley
Exec Producer: Liz Kessler
Prod co: Academy / A+
Record company: Infectious

Best Live Coverage

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Live In Paris
Director: Bartleberry Logan
Producer: Bartleberry Logan
Commissioner: Jordan Berliant
Record company: Abstract Dragon

Best Music Ad – TV or Online

Disclosure – Settle
Director: Kate Moross
Prod co: Studio Moross
Commissioner: Universal-Island Recordings
Record company: Universal-Island Recordings

Best Interactive Video

Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone
Director: Vania Heymann
Prod co: Interlude, Walter Pictures, Pulse Films
Commissioner: Sony Music Global
Record company: Sony / Legacy Recordings

Vevo Must See Award

Wilkinson – Afterglow
Director: Rémy Cayuela
Prod co: Able&Baker
Commissioner: James Hackett for Virgin EMI / Ram Records

Best Commissioner in association with IMD Fastrax

Caroline Clayton

Best Producer in association with Island Studios

Amber Millington

Best New Director in association with Electric Theatre Collective

Truman and Cooper

Best Director in association with Locomotion

Hiro Murai

Best Video Artist in association with Box Television

FKA twigs

The Icon Award

Joseph Khan

Video of the Year, in association with Promo News

DJ Snake ft Lil Jon - Turn Down For What
Director:  DANIELS
Producer: Jon Wang / Judy Craig 
Executive Producer:  Juliette Larthe UK
Prod co: Prettybird
Commissioner: Bryan Younce for Sony Music




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