David Knight - 24th Oct 2019

Henry Scholfield took top honours on the biggest night of the year for music videos, winning Best Director and Video of the Year for his video for Stormzy's Vossi Bop at the UK Music Video Awards 2019, held at the The Roundhouse in London last night (October 23rd).

Scholfield (above) headed a list of winners that included FKA Twigs (below) winning Best Artist and four awards for her video for Cellophane, Object & Animal winning Best Production Company, Duncan Loudon winning two awards including Best New Director, Semera Khan taking the Best Commissioner prize for the second time; and the UKMVAs' highest honour, the Icon Award, going to legendary music video director Michel Gondry.

On an emotional evening celebrating the greatest work in music videos of the past year, the 12th annual UK Music Video Awards, hosted by Adam Buxton, bestowed over 30 awards for excellence in all aspects of the creativity and craft of music videos, many of which were sponsored by companies closely associated with the music video production industry, before an audience of over 800 music video professionals from the UK and around the world. 

Other big winners were Javier Alejandro, named Best Producer for his work with Henry Scholfield and others, and American director Nick Roney, who accepted two awards on the night, for his videos for Cayucas and Flasher. British winners included Ian Pons Jewell, winning Best Dance Video-UK for his video for Beardyman's 6am (Ready To Write), and Frank Lebon, who won his first UKMVA for the Best Urban Video-International for A$AP Rocky ft Tame Impala's Sundress. Furthermore, the inaugural Best Special Video Project Award was won by Aniel Karia for his extended video for Kano's Trouble.

The international dimension of the UK Music Video Awards 2019 was shown in honours for Spanish directing duo Diana Kunst and Mau Morgó (above, centre and right), winning Best Pop Video-International for Rosalía's De Aqui No Sales, Spanish director Pablo Maestres's video for Barns Courtney's You And I winning Best Pop Video-UK, Dutch director Wouter Stouter won Best Rock Video-International for De Staat’s Kitty Kitty; and Bosnian director Vedran Rupic winning Best Dance Video-International for Salvatore Ganacci’s Horse - all of whom were at the ceremony to collect their awards.

Leading US director Vincent Haycock (below) was also present to collect his first ever MVA - following numerous nominations over the past decade - for Best Rock Video-UK, honouring his video for Sam Fender's Dead Boys. In collecting the award, Haycock referred to the important theme of the song, and the video, about the disturbing levels of suicide among young men. It was a moment of reflection in an otherwise celebratory night.

And amid the run of awards for work over the past 12 months or so, the UKMVAs honoured one of music videos' greatest ever directors, Michel Gondry. It was a chance to look back at the man's incredible work for Bjork, Chemical Brothers, The White Stripes, Foo Fighters, Beck, and many more, and the film accompanying the award included messages of congratulations from Bjork, Paul McCartney, Chemical Brothers' Tom Rowlands and actor Jim Carrey.

In a break with tradition, Gondry accepted the Icon Award for 2019 via a live video link-up, from his office in Los Angeles, talking to the audience about his crucial collaborators at Partizan - founder Georges Bermann, longtime producer Julie Fong, current producer Raffi Adlan - the importance of his creative relationship with Bjork, and working with McCartney. And in true Gondry fashion, he attempted to take the Icon award from Adam Buxton, through the giant screen at the Roundhouse.

The evening began, following Adam Buxton's opening comedy routine, with the Best Video-Newcomer awards, where speeches by winners Lucrecia Taormina, who won Best Pop Video-Newcomer for her video for Ashnikko's Hi, It's Me, Alex Gargot, who won Best Dance Video–Newcomer for Cora Novoa's State Of Mind, and Filmawi (below), who won Best Urban Video-Newcomer for Jay Prince's Beamlight, set the warm and emotional tone that carried on throughout the ceremony this year.

These were followed by the first batch of winners in the Technical Achievement categories: Damien Jalet sent an video message in thanks for his Best Choreography award for his work on Thom Yorke's ANIMA; while artist and director Baloji accepted the award for Best Styling for his own video for Zombies, filmed in the Congo.

Later in the show, Páraic Mc Gloughlin also accepted his award for Best Animation, for Weval's Someday, via video message, while Framestore's colourist Simon Bourne accepted the Best Colour Grade award for the second year running for the video for Prince's Mary Don't You Weep.

But Andrew Thomas Huang's video for FKA Twigs' Cellophane dominated the Technical categories, with an unprecedented mini-sweep of three awards: for Best Editing, won by Huang himself; Best Visual Effects, won by VFX house Analog Studio; and the Best Cinematography in a Video award, won by the Spanish DoP Daniel Fernández Abelló. Cellophane also won a fourth award, for Best Alternative Video-UK. Twigs then won Best Artist award - her second win in this category - accepting the award by video message.

This proved to be the lead-up to one of the more remarkable wins on the night: Object & Animal, home of Huang, Twigs as a director, and Diane Kunst and Mau Morgo, winning the coveted Best Production Company award (above). On receiving the award, co-MD Dom Thomas pointed out that the company opened its doors less than a year ago.

Ultimately, the night belonged to Henry Scholfield. Having won Best Urban Video-UK for Stormzy's Vossi Bop, Scholfield returned to the stage to collect the Best Director award, for his work on that video and his others for Wiley and Rosalía in the past 12 months - ten years after he had won his first award at the UKMVAs.

Finally the whole team at Caviar accompanied Scholfield to the stage to collect the biggest award of the night, Video Of The Year (above) - the final joyful moment of the 12th UK Music Video Awards.

• UK Music Video Awards 2019 - all the winners

David Knight - 24th Oct 2019

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