Sure Dame Helen Mirren won an Oscar for playing the title role in "The Queen," but that film also boasted hitherto unheralded costars that have finally been recognized.
Poppy, Anna, Alice, Olier and Megan -- the corgis who portrayed the Queen's corgis in the film -- nabbed two of the awards, including the top dog Best in World, at the FIDOs on Sunday, Oct. 28. The world's first international awards for canine stars on the silver screen was celebrated in conjunction with the BFI 51st London Film Festival.
The quintet of corgis also won the Best Historical hounds category, laying the smackdown on the pooches in the films "Moliere" and "Control."
"I know one should avoid acting with animals and children," said Mirren in a statement, "but these little chaps were a pleasure to work with and deserve all the plaudits for their fine performances."
Oddly enough, another corgi, the able-bodied Travis, was named the Best Comedy Canine for playing handicapped and using a doggie wheelchair in "Year of the Dog," costarring human Molly Shannon. He beat out the lesser skilled dogs from "The Holiday" and "Feast of Love."
Action flicks weren't overlooked either. The Blockbuter Bowser commendation was awarded to the dog in the Mark Wahlberg film "Shooter," out-acting the pooches in "The Savages" and "Shoot 'Em Up." The Cupcake Cinema award for best dog-themed short film went to "Dog Flap," with recognition for the best canine performace at the 2007 London Film Festival for the film "Far North."
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