Judged by film critics, the prize is not an official part of the festival, but is independently-awarded like other prizes such as the Queer Palm. In the film, Liberace and Scott Thorson, played by Matt Damon, are brought together when they care for the ailing poodle. The pianist had several dogs at his kitschy Las Vegas mansion.
Though Baby Boy was not able to attend the Friday ceremony, he will receive a Creature Clothes trophy collar.
Judge Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian newspaper told the Associated Press that it also “has been a year of canine suffering and pain,” with dogs meeting unfortunate ends in “Fruitvale Station,” Mexican drug-war thriller “Heli” and other films.
However, one of the most buzzed-about pets at this year’s fest, Ulysses the cat from Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Inside Llewyn Davis,” was ruled ineligible.