Baby Boy wins Palm Dog
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.