Baby Boy wins Palm Dog

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS -

In­dulge us in one more story from the bleedin’ Cannes Film Fes­ti­val. In all the chat­ter, we some­how for­got to men­tion ev­ery­one’s favourite nov­elty award. Since 2001, a panel of crit­ics has awarded the Palm Dog to the most im­pres­sive canine per­for­mance of the fes­ti­val.

Pre­vi­ous win­ners in­clude Dug from Up, Moses in Dogville and – it hardly needs to be said – Ug­gie from The Artist. We were root­ing for Cookie, the doomed puppy in Amat Es­calante’s Heli, but, in the event, the award went to Baby Boy in Soder­bergh’s Be­hind the Can­de­labra. It’s not a huge per­for­mance. But it’s a sig­nif­i­cant one. The blind poo­dle is in­stru­men­tal in bring­ing Michael Dou­glas’s Lib­er­ace to­gether with Matt Da­mon’s char­ac­ter.

In truth, this year’s Cannes was, how­ever, one for the cat fanciers. The top do­mes­tic pet in the fes­ti­val was, surely, Ulysses, the mar­malade kitty from the Coen broth­ers’ In­side Llewyn Davis.

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