Top prize for Tilda Swinton’s dogs

Hollywood actress Tilda Swinton is well known for her roles in a range of Blockbuster hits, including Marvel superhero films, the cult phenomenon Constantine, and the film adaptations of C.S. Lewis’ book series The Chronicles of Narnia, in which she played the formidable White Witch. However, it was her beloved pooches picking up the prizes this time, as all three of her talented spaniels have won the Palm Dog Award for their roles in The Souvenir Part II, which Swinton herself also starred in.

The British-born actress attended the award ceremony, which took place at the Marriott Hotel in Cannes, France, on behalf of her dogs, as they were unable to make the trip. Swinton graciously accepted the prize of The Palm Dog Wamiz collar, and she proudly wore the red neck piece in honour of her famous pups.

The annual event is the brainchild of journalist Toby Rose, who kicked off the first Palm Dog Awards 20 years ago. Swinton couldn’t hide her delight at attending the occasion, and stated in her acceptance speech that she had been:

“Eyeing this award for many years.”

Alongside Swinton’s canine trio, another of the Palm Dog Award winners this year included Sophie, an adopted pitbull who was initially predicted to live only a few short weeks, but went on to star in the film Red Rocket. A sheepdog named Panda claimed the third prize for his role in the film Lamb. The directors of both films, Sean Baker and Valdimar Johannsson respectively, accepted the awards on behalf of their canine stars.