Bruno wins Palm Dog paws down

Jury announces canine winners in Cannes.

by Richard Mowe

Dustin Hoffman as Harold out walking with poodle Bruno in The Meyerowtiz Stories. Bruno has won the Palm Dog award. Harold is hospitalised after a head injury he received while walking the poodle (“You should see the other dog,” his character jokes).
Dustin Hoffman as Harold out walking with poodle Bruno in The Meyerowtiz Stories. Bruno has won the Palm Dog award. Harold is hospitalised after a head injury he received while walking the poodle (“You should see the other dog,” his character jokes). Photo: Netflix

A poodle named Bruno has rewarded for his acting efforts in The Meyerowitz Stories, taking the prestigious Palm Dog award at the Cannes Film Festival (today 26 May). He plays Dustin Hoffman’s soul mate in Noah Baumbach’s New York set family drama and was a front runner early on.

Palm Dog is the world's best known award for dogs on screen. From humble beginnings the Palm Dog has grown into a recognised and lauded fixture on the international Film Award circuit. It is designated for best canine performances in film, judged and attended by international film stars and critics since 2001.

The award was brandished proudly on US and UK TV chat shows by Uggie (2011 Palm Dog winner and canine star of The Artist) including BBC Breakfast and Ellen Degeneres. Since then Palm Dog has featured as a question on top rated US game show Jeopardy!

The Grand Jury Prize went to Lupo the black Alsatian in Ava by Lea Mysius. The director was on hand to receive the accolade. “This is the best prize I could imagine,” she said.

Palm Dogmanitarian Award was awarded Leslie Caron and Tchi Tchi her Shih Tzu rescue dog seen together in The Durrells.

The Palm Dog Collar was presented by a jury of critics: Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian; Kaleem Aftab, The Independent; Charles Gant, Screen International/Heat; Kate Muir, The Times; and Anna Smith, Elle Magazine & Metro, in the UK Film Centre, International Village.

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