Boxer scoops Cannes film dog prize
A boxer called Boss, who sparks a deadly stampede of Friesian cows in Stephen Frears' film "Tamara Drewe," on Friday scooped the Palm Dog prize at Cannes.
"Boss was a complete superstar and was crucial at innumerable plot moments and was the doggy denouement of the film," said Toby Rose, the organiser of the unofficial canine prize he awards along with leading British film critics.
The boxer had to fight off competition from an Irish wolfhound with which Russell Crowe bedded down after Lady Marian chased him out of her bedroom in "Robin Hood," the film that opened the festival.
But the fact that Boss's cow stampede killed off a main character in "Tamara Drewe" clinched it for the boxer, said Rose.
He opened the high-kitsch award ceremony by greeting the small audience in the British Film Centre pavilion on the Cannes beachfront with his customary greeting: "Ladies and gentlemen, dogs and bitches."
The producer of Frears' film was on hand to accept the trophy, a diamante collar with the words Palm Dog stitched into it.
Last year a 3D dog from the Pixar-Disney comedy "Up" took the award.
In 2008 it was won by a mongrel whose owner gets arrested for stealing dog-food in "Wendy and Lucy". One year it went to a hound that was no more than a chalk outline in "Dogville" by Denmark's Lars von Trier.
This year is the 10th anniversary of the Palm Dog prize.
© 2010 AFP