Promonews - 6th Nov 2020

The Sam Pilling-directed video for DJ Shadow ft De La Soul’s Rocket Fuel, and Finnish-born director Anton Tammi emerged as the biggest winners at the UK Music Video Awards 2020, as the results were announced in an extraordinary 'virtual' live ceremony held last night (November 5th). Photos by Ben Meadows.

The DJ Shadow Rocket Fuel video by Sam Pilling (below, talking to presenter Becca Dudley on the night) – a comic recreation of the Apollo 11 mission as a staged event that goes catastrophically awry – won Video Of The Year and three more awards on the night. Tammi, director of four interconnected music videos to accompany The Weeknd’s latest album After Hours, won the coveted Best Director award, and also Best Pop Video International for the video for Blinding Lights.

Other winners of top honours were Daniella Manca of Caviar (below, main inset screen), who won the Best Producer award, and Arnaud Bresson, who accepted the Best New Director honour. Somesuch were also crowned Best Production Company on an evening which saw broadcaster and DJ Becca Dudley announce the winners of nearly 40 awards from a studio in West London, on the first night that new lockdown restrictions came into force throughout Britain due to the continuing coronavirus crisis.

Hundreds of music video professionals joined in the UKMVA live ceremony from their homes or offices around the world, as a virtual live audience. They appeared on the LED screens behind presenter Dudley during the show, and after she announced each award winner, she then spoke live to many of the winners via the virtual audience platform.

The ceremony saw Caroline Clayton accept the award for Best Commissioner, while in two new honours at this year's UKMVAs, Claire Stubbs won the Best Agent prize and The Mill became recipients of the first Best Post Production Company award.

Among the awards for best video by music genre, Henry Scholfield achieved the unprecedented feat of winning his third Best Pop Video UK award for a Dua Lipa video - in this case, Break My Heart. With a few exceptions, other directors who won on the night were mostly first-time winners.

Meanwhile as the new lockdown descended, Swedish directing duo Stylewar's video for Bronson's Keep Moving won the special Best Lockdown Video award - which was preceded in the show by short history of this year's lockdown video phenomenon, narrated by Promonews's own Rob Ulitski. James Barnes won the first Best Music Film award for a lockdown-inspired livestream of The Streets; while Alex Lill won Best Live video for another of the visual works created around The Weeknd's red-jacketed After Hours alter-ego - his performance of Heartless on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Apart from Scholfield's latest win with Dua Lipa, other best video UK awards were all won by directors winning their first MVAs - Simon Cahn winning Best Dance/Electronic Video for Disclosure's My High; Will Dohrn (above, talking to Becca Dudley, with producer Melissa Giles) winning Best Rock Video for IDLES' WarCamille Summers-Valli's video for Lapsley's My Love Was Like The Rain winning Best Alternative; Brock Neal Roberts winning the first R&B/Soul Video prize for Berwyn's Trap Phone; and Matt Walker taking the first Best Hip Hop/Grime/Rap Video prize for JME ft Merky Ace's Live.

In the Technical Achievement section of the awards, celebrating the craft of music video production, American DoP Larkin Seiple won his second Best Cinematography award in three years for his work on FKA Twigs' Sad Day video; animator and illustrator RUFFMERCY won the Best Animation prize for the first time for Ghetts' Mozambique; while Ellie Johnson (above) won Best Editing and Thomas Mangham at The Mill, won Best Colour Grading - both for their work on DJ Shadow & De La Soul's Rocket Fuel. 

In the International section of the music genre awards, Loïc Andrieu won Best Alternative Video for Agoria's Call Of The Wild; directing trio Dimitri Basil (above, on screen), Laura Gorun, Cooper Roussel won Best Rock Video for Joywave's Obsession; Vedran Rupic won his second Best Dance/Electronic Video for Salvatore Ganacci's Boycycle; Colin Solal Cardo won Best R&B/Soul for Yseault's Corps; while Tammi won Best Pop for The Weeknd, and Pilling won Best Hip Hop/Grime/Rap for DJ Shadow.

Among the Newcomer winners, there was Felix Brady, winning for Greentea Peng's Mr Sun (miss da sun), Joe Wheatley for Willie J Healey's True Stereo, Colin Read (pictured above), talking to Becca Dudley) for Mild Minds' Boats, Maegan Houang for Vagabon's In A Bind, Žanete Skarule & Ojay Morgan for Zebra Katz's Moor, and Alonzo Hellerbach for Jurdan Bryant's Words For Thomas.

Aneil Karia won the Best Special Video Projects award for the second successive year for his harrowing short film-cum-video for Riz Ahmed's The Long Goodbye - one of several Somesuch-produced winning videos, preceding their win as Best Production Company, accepted by their head of music video André Reid (above).

Becca Dudley had a brief live chat with most of the winners on the night - including a delighted Arnaud Bresson, winner of the Best New Director award, and his colleagues at Division in Paris - Bresson's video for Flatbush Zombies' Afterlife, also won Best VFX - and Brittney Canda (below, right), who was emotional as she accepted her award for Best Choreography for Sheenah Ko's Wrap Me Up, at her home in Canada - joined by Ko (top left) and co-director Vincent Rene-Lortie. 

Sam Pilling, shocked to win a Best Hip Hop/Grime/Rap Video award, was briefly speechless when he found out he had also won Video Of The Year, while at home in London. 

Meanwhile, one the happiest winners was Matt Walker, who was not quite following lockdown rules when he accepted his award for JME ft Merky Ace's Live - while driving in a car with his friend Skepta.

Full list of winners at the UK Music Video Awards 2020 here

The UKMVAs 2020 virtual live show - watch again here

Promonews - 6th Nov 2020

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