Cannes Goes to the Dogs

Brass-studded collar is 8-year-old mark of honor
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 20, 2008 10:47 AM CDT
Actress Taylor Momsen poses with Ginger, the dog who plays Polly in the movie "Underdog," Monday, July 30, 2007 at the film's premiere in New York.    (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)
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(Newser) – Dogs will paw the red carpet at Cannes this week as the "Palm Dog" ceremony returns to the festival, the Times of London reports. Critics determine the winner of the 56-year-old award (8 in human years) for the top canine performer in the competing films. The victor receives a stylish brass-studded black leather collar—and top-dog status.

“Thank heavens for the Palm Dog,” says founder Toby Rose, a British journalist. “It's where the gloomy art-house mindset of Cannes and mad frivolity meet.”