Paws for applause: dogs featured in documentaries The truffle hunters and Wander shared the top prize at the annual Fido Awards, presented today in London, which recognize the best canine appearances in cinema. The couple won the “Best in the World” necklace and also shared the “Dog Dox” award in the irreverent ceremony, chaired by journalist Toby Rose.

Actors Kerry Fox and Christopher Biggins were among the guests at the Fidos pop-up in London’s trendy Coal Drops Yard, and plenty of four-legged friends were also in attendance. Chloe Zhao Nomadland continued to bolster its crop of awards, winning the “Mutt Moment” award for the black retriever cross in the film. Pearl, the beagle of Spenser confidential, took “Blockbuster Bowser”; Theia, the Scottish Dearhound in Go to Denmark won “Comedy Canine”; the dogs of 23 walks marked “Rom-Com Rover”; and the canine cast of The United States vs. Billie Holiday won for “Historical Hound”.

Elsewhere, the “Palm Dog USA” award went to pitbull Jesper in the Oscar-winning short Two distant strangers, and the “FiDogManitarian” award went to the short film Save Ralph, by Humane Society International, which advocates saving the animal kingdom – dogs included – from animal experimentation. Stop-motion puppet who plays Ralph, a rabbit voiced by Taika Waititi, was on hand to accept the award with puppet maker Andy Gent (Dog Island, The Grand Budapest Hotel).

“The dogs have proven to be a crucial solace in these days of lockdown and once again demonstrated their ability to steal a stage on the big screen,” said Rose, also longtime Palm Dog Awards manager at Cannes. Quentin Tarantino showed up at the 2019 ceremony to collect the golden dog collar belonging to Brad Pitt’s character in his Once upon a time … in Hollywood.

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