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Cannes Film Festival 2020 : Palm Dog of Palm Dogs attributed The Artist's Uggie

man holding the artist book next to jack russell terrier dog-happy
© Wamiz

2020 will without a doubt stay scarred in everyone’s memory as the year where we all had to stay home for months in order to win the battle against Coronavirus.

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the 22/05/2020, 12:00

And we’ll also fondly remember all the big events that we couldn’t attend because they were cancelled, courtesy of the pandemic. One of these events is the Cannes Film Festival, who, for the past 20 years, has also catered to a very special canine prize: the Palm Dog Wamiz. Last year, it was awarded to legendary director Quentin Tarantino for his incredible canine character Brandy (played by beautiful Pitbull Sayuri) in the movie “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”.

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Brandy won the 2019 Wamiz Palm Dog award ©Sebastien Vincent

Winner of the Palm Dog of Palm Dogs

To celebrate its 20th edition, the Palm Dog Wamiz award ceremony took place virtually on palmdog.com this 22nd of May. But there’s something special about this 2020 ceremony. Indeed, the jury wasn’t deciding on a new winner, but rather a winner of winners – the ultimate doggie actor among the 19 talented ones that have been rewarded over the past 20 years. Boy, are we glad we didn’t have to make that choice!

But, a clear winner came through nonetheless: Uggie, the adorable Jack Russell from the Oscar award winning film “The Artist”! The panel of judges, composed among others of leading British writers, included Wendy Mitchell (editor-in-chief of Screen International and author of Citizen Canine), Anna Smith (Time Out, Metro, and Chief of the film column the Critics' Circle) Kaleem Aftab (I Newspaper), Rita di Santo (Morning Star), Joe Utichi (Deadline) and Peter Bradshaw (chief movie critic, The Guardian).

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Uggie won the 2011 Wamiz Palm Dog award ©Rob Aft

A tribute to Uggie

Toby Rose, founder of the Palm Dog Wamiz, awarded the Palm Dog collar via Zoom to Omar von Muller, owner and trainer to Uggie and Dash (Uggie’s double).

Upon receiving the collar, Omar said: "Uggie would be very proud of this and we’ll keep it forever. Dash would be honored to wear it for Uggie. The Palm Dog Wamiz will always have a special place in our hearts, because this award was the starting point for Uggie and “The Artist”.”

Indeed, the Palm Dog Wamiz 2011 was the first of numerous prizes that “The Artist”, a black and white film about Hollywood’s golden age, won that year.

Bravo Uggie! And to all our readers and supporters: we’ll see you next year for a new edition of the Palm Dog – hopefully live from the Cannes Film Festival!