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Cannes Palm Dog Award Goes to Liberace’s Blind Poodle

Baby Boy wins; cats deemed not eligible

Baby Boy, the partially-sighted poodle who appears in “Behind the Candelabra,” has been named the top dog of the Cannes Film Festival as winner of the Palm Dog award.

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.

The pooches of Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring” were named runners-up, after posing for a “Reservoir Dogs” style photo.  Previous winners include Uggie from “The Artist.”

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.

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