While we don’t yet know who received the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, we have learned who got the Palm Dog, the award for a distinguished pup in a movie: A good boy named Bruno, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Bruno is one of the stars of Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories, alongside Ben Stiller, an actually impressive Adam Sandler, and Dustin Hoffman. He is also a poodle, whose work, according to jury president and Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw, “symbolizes the brutal submission to Republican domestic policy,” per THR. The Meyerowitz Stories’ inclusion in competition was controversial because it’s being released by Netflix, but clearly a good dog is a good dog regardless of distribution platform.
Meanwhile, Lupo, a German Shepherd, took home the Grand Jury prize for his work in Ava, and Robert Pattinson, though not a dog, got a “special mention” for empathizing with a dog during his performance in Good Time—which, by the way, our critic A.A. Dowd thought was excellent even without mentioning the canine content.