2006 – “Mops” in Marie Antoinette – Sophia Coppola

Highly commended – “Schumann” in Pingpong – Matthais Luthardt

With a mournful….”Oh Mops” Marie-Antoinette is stripped of the most precious part of her Austrian identity, her little cupcake canine Mops, as she crosses into France for her fateful arranged marriage with the French King. Small consolation she was told she could henceforth “have as many French dogs as you like”. And this was to prove no idle promise..

Though taken from the arms of Marie-Antoinette, played by Kirsten Dunst, at the border the spirit of Mops lived on in a dazzling number of doggy turns throughout this sumptuous romp. From Jack Russells snacking on the couch as Her Majesty chose hats, to canines snuffling the casino chips, to the more manly pursuits of a pack of dogs hunting with King Louis.

The dogs even got to eat cake!

Runner up was always a front-runner for Palm Dog glory 2006 after being singled out for its canine standout performance at the Critics Week press conference in Paris just prior to Cannes. The selection panel made special mention of Schumann, a Riesenschnauzer, in German film Pingpong. And so it was to be, Croisette glory for Schumann.

Palm Dog 2006 would like to thank British Council, Beefeater Dry Gin, Getty Images, Neal’s Yard Dairy.